Bio : The Dip
Tucked away in the Northwest corner of the country, The Dip has been quietly simmering. For five years, the Seattle septet has relentlessly crafted their sound through late nights in their studio and countless hours honing their live show. It’s a band that has been teeming with potential from the beginning. Now with their second LP, The Dip Delivers, they arrive on the national stage to fulfill that promise. The ten-song collection is filled with juxtapositions – vintage rhythm-and-blues combines with classic pop storytelling for an album that is simultaneously raw and polished. At the core, it’s dancing music.
The genesis of the album speaks to the underlying ethos of the group. Recorded by band members Jacob Lundgren and Tom Eddy in the Dip’s Capitol Hill neighborhood studio, these songs were carefully molded by the band alone. It’s a DIY approach the group has carried with them from the beginning, and one they don’t intend to drop. “We like working on our own schedule and experimenting with every angle of our recording process,” says Lundgren.
In 2015, the band’s self-titled debut LP, recorded to tape at Avast! Studios, propelled the group through word of mouth to local acclaim. The individual members were already deeply interwoven in the historically tight knit Seattle music scene playing everything from classical music to experimental jazz. “I think we were all looking for an outlet where we could let loose a little more,” notes saxophonist Evan Smith. “We all come from wildly different musical backgrounds but collectively wanted to explore music that could get people on a dancefloor.” As The Dip, they were quickly embraced and became a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest, with appearances at Sasquatch!, Bumbershoot, and Capitol Hill Block Party.
Throughout their tenure, The Dip’s live show has been a foundation of its success. A driving rhythm section combines with impeccably crisp horns in a feverish release of energy. The urge to dance doesn’t discriminate, and a quick survey of the crowd at any of The Dip’s shows reveals a diverse cross-section of fans. Drummer Jarred Katz explains “we try to create an experience with each show that balances arrangement and improvisation. We want to bring the energy of improvisation while still being concise enough to leave the audience hanging onto every note.”
Many of songs on The Dip Delivers are already stalwarts of the band’s live show. Album opener “Sure Don’t Miss You” is an undeniable favorite, with crowds echoing the song’s defiant chorus that “someday I might miss you / but I sure don’t miss you right now”. Exuberant yet cautionary, the song’s message mirrors the album’s broad stylistic pallet.
Interpersonal relationships are a common thread throughout the album. While it’s easy to get lost in the buoyancy of the music, Eddy’s masterful lyric storytelling lies just beneath the surface. The independent confidence of the album opener gives way to a profession of loyalty through tough times on “Best Believe.” Delivered with a deftly comforting touch, “Atlas” exudes empathy for someone overburdened by life’s hard realities. Posing in a bar-room allusion, “Slow Sipper” speaks to the importance of savoring simple pleasures and quiet moments, while the lighthearted shuffle “She Gave Me The Keys” reflects on the pressures of navigating a career as a musician.
The Dip Delivers showcases an expansive range of influences, and the band continues its practice of including both vocal and instrumental selections on this release. To highlight the varied nature of their compositions, the group also collaborated with a litany of local musicians. Additional percussion, background singers, and a string quartet enhance the compositions, while fellow Seattle soul compatriots Jimmy James and Delvon Lamarr elevate the hard-hitting track “Advertising.”
While The Dip Delivers may be for many an introduction to what the Pacific Northwest already knows, The Dip is content simply continuing to win fans the old-fashioned way - with undeniable songs and a ruthlessly tight live show. Now, it’s no longer a low simmer in the upper-left corner of the country…The Dip is boiling hot and captivating audiences nation-wide.