Cincinnati’s genre-bending, sitar-based indie rock band Dawg Yawp announce the first of their series of “Doubles.” For the next few months the band will release new music in the form of two-song singles.
Yesterdaty the band released “Tearin’ Up” & “Why I’m Here” via Old Flame Records.
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“A snapshot of nostalgia. The music and words were inspired by the feeling of looking back and wondering ‘was it beautiful all along?’ The past has a way of haunting us, as it is so easy to remember only the good times,” explained the band about “Tearin’ Up.” “This song is a window into the feeling of missing, of regret, and wondering if and how things could have turned out different.”
About “Why I’m Here,” the band said, “Overcoming doubts and failures is a necessary step in moving forward. In ‘Why I’m Here’ we explore the idea that through living and listening, we can arrive at forgiving ourselves to better realize our place in this chaotic world. Sometimes all there is to do is let out a ‘barbaric yawp’ in the heat of the moment.”
Upon the release of their self-titled debut, released in 2016, the duo of sitarist Tyler Randall and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Rob Keenan quickly gained attention for their unique combination of sitar and acoustic guitar paired with sampled synthesizers and percussion. The band’s local alt-weekly CityBeat called the duo “…one of the most original and intricately considered bands in Cincinnati’s musical history.”
Last year, the band performed a NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert with Bob Boilen calling the band, “…vessel for humor, experimentation and foot-stomping fun, whether that stomping is to an original techno beat or a classic bluegrass tune… It’s both clever and wonderfully weird.”
The single “Can’t Think” from their debut was named one of the top 100 songs local NPR stations were playing in 2016. Consequence of Sound, called Randall a “master sitarist” and said “…he brings the instrument into his songwriting to create sounds that can only be described as completely original.”
Following the release of their debut LP, the group recorded a few songs each month when not on tour. They will release them two at a time, as “Doubles,” from September to November. What they discovered in the studio was that their newly found sound was bigger than before, requiring the live performance to be re-imagined in order to preserve the feel. “We decided it would be best to release the songs two at a time while we re-work our live set and continue to write new material” said Keenan. “By the time we release them all in January 2019, we will be more collected and ready to hit the road again.”