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Saint Rich & Dr. Dog cover one another on split EP

Saint Rich & Dr. Dog cover one another on split EP

New Jersey duo Saint Rich and Philadelphia band Dr. Dog have teamed for both an extensive US tour and a very special collaborative recording. The two have released a four song EP together via the free download site Noise Trade.

The Casual Freefall tour EP contains four tracks. Each band covered the other and there is a song from each respective band's own record. Dr Dog recorded a version of Saint Rich’s song “Dreams” from their record Beyond the Drone. Saint Rich in turn interpreted the song “Rock & Roll” from Dr Dog’s album B-Room. In addition the EP contains Dr Dog's “Phenomenon” from B-Room and Saint Rich's “Crying From the Home” from Beyond the Drone.

Saint Rich’s "Delicate" Steve Marion explains their song selection and recording process, “It was the song we van-jammed the hardest on our last tour with Wild Belle. The vote was in: 'Rock & Roll.' The lyrics of the song serve as an instruction manual for how to record the song. We started with 'a Tascam, some Maxwells, a Shure 57 and a stereo delay' and ran wild with it.”

Dr. Dog's Zach Miller explains the band's unique process on their cover, “Every track was recorded in a different state. We didn't have a lot of time to get together on this one so we recorded our own tracks at home and sent them to Scott in Connecticut. Musically and creatively it was a challenging song to record because the melody and the chords felt fused together — like there is a new chord on every note of the melody — and it was tough to break away from that, especially being so isolated. But in the end it felt much more loose and laid back. Scott really worked some magic on the mix, too.”

You can sample and download the Dr. Dog and Saint Rich's Casual Freefall tour EP at Noise Trade.

SPIN described Saint Rich's debut Beyond the Drone as "12 sweetly shaggy tracks of wistful guitar-rock, shaped in the suburbs but colored by the country" while Time Out NY heralded the band for “stripping things back to a joyfully old school kind of rock ’n’ roll." 

Beyond the Drone is available on CD, LP and digital now in the Merge store. Also, find Saint Rich's cover of INXS' "New Sensation" at iTunes and Amazon. See Saint Rich on tour with Dr. Dog beginning next week! A full list of dates is below.

Saint Rich on tour:
^ w/ Dr. Dog
Jan 25 New York, NY – Terminal 5^
Jan 27 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Jan 28 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom^
Jan 29 Montreal, QC — Cabaret de MileEnd^
Feb 01 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory^
Feb 03 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre^
Feb 05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall^
Feb 06 Ashland, WI — Northland College
Feb 07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St. Entry^
Feb 08 Chicago, IL – Riviera^
Feb 17 Raleigh, NC – King's Barcade
Feb 19 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre^
Feb 20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live^
Feb 21 Austin, TX – Stubb's^
Feb 22 Dallas, TX – House of Blues^
Feb 24 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
Feb 25 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
Feb 26 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory^
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater^
Feb 28 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Club^
Mar 01 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater^
Mar 03 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
Mar 04 Vancouver, BC – Venue^
Mar 05 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre^
Mar 06 Boise, ID — The Crux
Mar 07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex^
Mar 08 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater^
Mar 10 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall^
Mar 11 Omaha, NE – Slowdown^
Mar 12 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant^
Mar 13-16 Austin, TX — SXSW
Mar 18 Athens, GA — Green Room
Mar 19 Asheville, NC — The Mothlight