Imagine- Bill Clinton as president, Jurassic Park t-shirts everywhere, Madonna still looking good, and gas prices being under $1.25 a gallon. Yes-I’m trying to bring you back to 1993-a time when life was a simpler, flannel was necessary, and music still rocked. If the rock gods have been listening to the radio lately-I apologize on behalf of society. Thankfully, the gone-for-awhile-but-not-forgotten-band, Dog Society has returned from a 20 year hiatus. With the release of their new album, Emerge coproduced by Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock, Dog Society is bringing rock back to its roots.
Members Bruce Erik Brauer (guitar), Rich Guerzon (Bass), Brian Schnaak (vocalist), and Joe Ranieri (Drums & Percussion) make up the dream team that is Dog Society. Originally founded in NYC, Dog Society began their career touring with artist like Sheryl Crow, The Stone Temple Pilots, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones-from the get go they already had an incredible resume built. So why the 20 year hiatus? Bassist Rich Guerzon explains, “The break was just life taking us on different journeys. I knew we would cross paths again someday. Why shouldn’t we? We shared an experience of making music together that we will always cherish. That alone is a gift we can carry in our hearts for the rest of our lives. It was only a matter of time and here we are!” No matter the reason, Dog Society is a welcomed back sigh of relief to the music industry. A 20-year wait for Dog Society’s second album, Emerge, is well worth it; Emerge allows for real rock music to be experienced once again.
Listening to Emerge, (official release on November 19, 2013) you will experience a unique twist of alternative/indie/rock with psychedelic sprinkles on top. Influences of Radiohead, Soul Asylum, The Beatles, Nirvana, and The Byrds are prevalent in Emerge. Dog Society’s first album, Test Your Own Eyes (East-West/Atlantic Records) floored their career. Their new album, Emerge, is a continuation of that success. The album starts out more ‘pop-esque’ and transcends into a slightly more psychedelic rock album. Each track has a different vibe that will make you feel like you’re living in some indie flick. The track, “Pink Sun,” has a large influence of The Beatles-it’s an overall trippy, rock ballad that can fit into about any soundtrack of life. While another favorite track, “The Fuse Before,” has an edgier, rock, indie vibe.
Not even time can scathe Dog Society, with the release of their second album (with a fashionably 20-year wait in-between) they are back and doing better than ever. Dog Society has managed to come back with more rock-ability and talent than ever before. So, take a deep breath-real rock has returned!