The Digg is a Wellington-based trio – with a couple of guests augmenting some of the tracks here. Comprised of Fabian Shaw (guitar, organ), Alexander Bleakley (bass) and Cory Champion (drums), The Digg’s thing is to mix swirling 60s psychedelia with surf-rock to make a mutant hillbilly jazz thrill ride. It’s bloody good stuff actually, been done before of course – but everyone that does it adds their own spin to it. I guess, locally, there’s also The Mantarays that are doing this kind of thing – but The Digg manages to create a new space by the addition of some guest players on their debut four song EP.
So with the opening two tracks we have a fast and furious beast of a piece called The Concord which sounds like a bit of Tarantino soundtrack runoff as a Halloween-music vamp is fucked with and before that Mellow Wave is all sci-fi meets cowboys with gunshots and rinky-dink guitar riffery. But then Adam Page honks out over The Nugget, a sort of Pick Up The Pieces for craft beer goers – jolly good fun it is too. And then Alby Love guests on Baker’s Dozen (you may know him as Louis Baker, that’s also fine, forget the formalities). Baker’s Dozen is the best sounding Trinity Roots reunion – so good it sounds better than most of the material that band released during its original tread across the boards.
So it’s good stuff here – encouraging. Now to head out and see them live. This hints that they sure pack a punch. I’m keen to check them out.