By: Derek Jung
It's fun to watch a band grow from humble beginnings to achieve underground recognition. I first saw Dawg Yawp as a side act during last year's MusicNOW Festival, something that seemed so insignificant that I didn't even mention it in my review of the night, which was dominated by the extremely talented Chris Thile. Since then, Dawg Yawp has become a force in the Cincinnati local music scene, being featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, playing Bunbury Music Festival, and recently recording an NPR Tiny Desk show. The sky's the limit for these two dawgs, and their return to the Woodward Theater was the band's biggest crowd at the venue to date.
Since I last saw them at WNKU's Studio 89 back in February, the band has been fleshing out their live performances with more improvisational jams. On the one hand, I think this is a great step in the right direction in terms of their sound, but, as with anything, practice makes perfect and there were still a few kinks to iron out. Some of the slower jams felt a little empty sonically , but I suppose that's to be expected when there are only two instruments featured. The band did play some great covers, including their set standard of The Beatles classic "Two Of Us" as well as a surprise cover of "Blue Ridge Mountains" by Fleet Foxes.
I'm looking forward to hearing what direction the band decides to move towards in their new material. There was a definite shift in crowd engagement between certain song styles. Folky songs like "East Virginia Blues" were well received by the crowd, who stomped and clapped their hands to the beat. In contrast, more experimental songs like "18 caret" quickly found the crowd losing interest and the chatter got louder and louder. In my opinion, there's a pretty clear path forward, but only time will tell.
This isn't the last dose of Dawg Yawp in Cincinnati this summer. They are opening for Foxy Shazam lead signer Eric Nally on Fountain Square next month, so I'm looking forward to hearing how much they grow as performers in that time.
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