Dogs In A Pile Romps Chez Garcia Once More

The state of the jam scene is currently solid. Not since Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Twiddle Playing Garcia’s in 2014 has the infusion of infectious improvisational music been so exciting. With Goose, and now Dogs in a Pile, the rising acts of today’s foray are strong. Dogs in a Pile performed a sold-out show at Garcia’s on Thursday, August 11, and it was a legendary affair. Quickly becoming grizzled veterans, the show served as the band’s ninth performance at the famed space.

Formed in 2018 (guitarist Brian Murray joined in 2019), Dogs In A Pile is made up of Sam Lucid (bass), Jeremy Kaplan (keyboards), Joe Babick (drums), Brian Murray (guitar) and Jimmy Law ( guitar). Based in Asbury Park, NJ, the band are exploding – having already played at a range of respected festivals including Peach Music Festival, Summercamp, Domefest, ADK fest and Beardfest. DIAP is influenced by a wide range of esteemed acts including The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Phish, Frank Zappa, Dopapod, Twiddle and Jade Cicada. They released a full studio album titled Not your average Beagle, which is available on all streaming platforms. They also have live recordings which have been posted on platforms such as Bandcamp, Nugs.net and YouTube.

Beginning their career playing Grateful Dead music together, they evolved into composing original material – everyone writes and composes the material, but Brian and Sam are the main songwriters. They currently have a catalog of 51 original songs. The band are hoping to release their next studio album in the coming months and it is currently untitled. The band’s name derives from the Grateful Dead classic “He’s Gone”. Bassist Sam Lucid, one of the band’s many Berklee School of Music graduates, exclaimed, “There are a lot of exciting future plans, including the release of a new studio album, tour dates across the country as well as exciting support tours that have yet to be announced!”

It was hard to remember that Garcia was so crowded. The energy was palpable before the start with revelers filling the stage – it was reminiscent of one of DIAP’s most popular songs, “Can’t Wait for Tonight” (over 45,000 streams on Spotify) with the lyrics, “Let’s go to the show, I hear the dogs are back for more! It’s hard to pick just a few highlights out of all the offerings. Dogs In A Pile always shares a penchant for playing the Grateful Dead and it’s been demonstrated with an early climax to a delightful rendition of the obscure Grateful Dead ditty, “Dupree’s Diamond Blues. Sung by Kaplan, it was fast, fun and infectious. Any list of the band’s strengths begins with vocals – a smooth, rich sound reminiscent of a close friend coming over for dinner.The jams were tight and took everyone on a stellar journey into the unknown.

The familiar chords of “Bubble” ushered in the climax of the second set – a song from the band’s studio album. A jam-laden track, it builds a crescendo and shows intricate guitar interaction between the members before seamlessly transitioning into “EDM.” Three songs debuted that night: “Frosty,” “Appleseed” and an explosive Rolling Stones cover “Shine a Light.” The harmonies were lush and layered and offered exquisite depth of sound. The set was festive with an exuberant high energy and you could hear Phish’s influence in some of the improv jams. When the show ended, the room was still packed. It was like no one wanted to leave. With two impeccably crafted sets of exploratory music, Dogs in a Pile left revelers sated and left with “nothing to do but smile, smile, smile”.

Dogs In A Pile Garcia’s – Port Chester, NY 8/11/22
Set 1: Crazy, Westward, Blues for Brian > Snow Day, Thomas Duncan Part 2, Dupree’s Diamond
Blues, G song
Set 2: Stranger, Frosty, Bubble > EDM Song, Bent Strang), Spun > Appleseed, Shine A Light,
Charly

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