Hailing from the Bay Area of California, Dig the Kid has already had a decent start to the year. Not only did this newly signed pop-rock trio debut their first single “On a Mission” through Spotify, but they also had the song on the Season 3 premiere of Showtime’s hit series Shameless and are preparing to take Austin, Texas by storm at SXSW. These fresh faces (consisting of lead singer Cory Todd, bassist Ian Lasater and drummer Lisa Mongelli) succeeded in letting their personalities shine through in “On a Mission” and let’s just say they make you wanna get out on your feet to dance like a crazy person (said in the nicest possible way, I promise).
“On a Mission” is infectious, catchy, and embodies the perfect vision of the cool rich kid’s big summer pool party. It’s definitely a toe-tapper and can easily get the oldest, unfun person on their feet to shake their caboose with its Guitar Hero-like riffs and perfectly energetic drumming. The track holds traces of Franz Ferdinand’s Right Hands, Right Words, Right Actions with sexy, bluesy tendencies but with that pop appeal similar to Neon Trees that’s hard to ignore. It makes you want to bob your head and join in with the hand claps, even if you’re in a situation where you’re the one who needs to keep both hands on the wheel (bummer).
Along with its music, the lyrics to “On a Mission” are equally peppy. They take you on a journey through the mind of someone on the hunt to finding ‘Mister/Miss Right Now’ as it’s occurring. It’s easy to watch the events unfold, starting from charming lines like “everything you want can be yours without delay” to seductive phrases like “I think you know what I’m lookin’ to lose tonight” to finally getting to the chance at the end of the song with the lines “I’m on a mission and your body’s so fine/I’m on a mission and your body’s all mine/I’m on a mission so don’t waste my time.” Anyone who’s been to a bar or club should find sheer enjoyment in this song because it’s truthful, humorous, yet still belt-out-at-the-top-of-your-lungs worthy.
Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if this track opens a lot more doors for Dig the Kid in the near future because they definitely have that special kind of edge that modern pop rock seems to lack these days. With Todd’s perfect dosage of rasp in the vocals, the hypnotizing sounds of Lasater’s bass and Mongelli’s in-your-face drumming, there’s no doubt that heads will be turning for them. It won’t be long before playboys and cougars galore will be claiming “On a Mission” as their theme song, that’s for sure.