The Bay Area pop-rock trio Dig The Kid is ready to show the world what they’ve got to offer and their new EP All Night Long is an exceptional example of that. In only four songs, lead vocalist/guitarist Cory Todd, bassist Ian Lasater, and drummer Lisa Mongelli defy the pop-rock odds with a collection of tracks dripping with passion, honesty, and encouraging mantras. The EP has not only been featured on iTunes’ “Rock Pick of The Week”, but they have also caught the attention of the fabulous clothing line Bebe and have graced the stage of this year’s Aftershock Festival alongside the likes of Weezer, The Offspring, Awolnation, Pennywise and Memphis May Fire. Talk about appealing to a wide range of audiences.
All Night Long‘s first released single “Love” has gotten high recognition, as it is currently in rotation for Bebe’s fall collection. In a way, the track does have that trendy kind of feel to its energetic, indie-pop riffs, and keeps the drumming at a level where it’s ear-catching enough to stand out when playing in a store without scaring off acrylic nailed, daddy’s girl customers. Don’t be fooled by its title though because while it documents those puppy love feelings that dominate a new relationship, it doesn’t shy away from revealing those feelings of resentment that follow once it’s all over. In other words, “Love” is certainly not your typical pop-rock love song.
The EP’s title track creates a form of storytelling similar to that of previous single “On A Mission,” but with a campy feel to it. Lullaby-eqsue instrumentation paired with calming vocals turns the song into a nostalgic story of that one time you straight up had the best night ever with the people you care about. The last chorus has slightly more intensity, like when it gets to the point in the night where everyone’s got the right amount of alcohol in their system to feel all warm and fuzzy, while its final line of “don’t go to sleep” plays with the idea of waking up from that memory.
All Night Long ends with the fun, upbeat, surf-rock-like track “When It All Falls Down”. It successfully embodies that one friend that is always going to be there for you “through the ups and downs and turnarounds ahead” in song form. Lines like “don’t lose hope, just begin again” and “when you can’t see through, I will be there for you” gives off reassurance that this friend will never give up on you even “When It All Falls Down”, which is always needed regardless of whether you’re the most successful person in the world or someone that just can’t catch a break.
You would think that it would be difficult to choose a spotlight track off of an EP, but “Bones” is definitely that song. Its utterly spirit-boosting lyrics and on-point vocal harmonizing oozes heartfelt emotion, which makes the listener feel each line through their, well, bones. That emotional aspect is relatable in so many situations whether you’re being bullied, feeling down on yourself, or at the point where you’re ready to give up on your dreams and its consistent line of “keep moving, keep pushing, don’t stop, your bones aren’t broken” inspire you to pick yourself up off the ground. Pained vocals as the song progresses portrays a sense of taking away a friend’s pain and transferring it onto oneself and is indicated in its chorus of “take my bones/take my soul/cause I know you really need it…take my fire higher/cause you need it after all”. I can just picture a sold out stadium with everyone on various walks of life belting out this song at the top of their lungs.
Their album Colours was heavily focused on storytelling and using past experiences to generate realistic emotions from the listener and All Night Long certainly has the same similarities. It’s very much a continuation of the album that successfully creates personal ties with each listener and strives to create positive vibes. Each track can easily to appeal to any type of person and it’s that kind of appeal that draws in long-time, supportive fans. Keep your eyes out for even bigger things to happen for Dig The Kid in the very near future.