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Chasin The Dog

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"Chasin The Dog review"

When talking to Dan West of the band Chasin’ The Dog, you get a sense that the group had been chasin’ the dream of recording an album of original material for nearly a decade. And now, that dream has been realized.

“We called it ‘drawing a line in the sand,’” says West. “We said, “This is what we’re going to be, and we’re going to do it the best we can. You either like it or you don’t, but this is what we’ve got.’ We just wanted to shoot for our own identity. And we really felt the best way to define ourselves was to show, in our CD, who we are.”

Chasin’ The Dog features West on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chris Amptman on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, Matt Thomas on bass and Bill Lieback on Drums & Percussion.

Self-described as a jam band, Chasin’ The Dog names the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, John Butler Trio, Drive By Truckers, OAR, Jack Johnson, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tea Leaf Green, The Eagles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Jack White and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences. In addition to original material, the music of such acts has also appeared in the Chasin’ The Dog set list.

West, who serves as the group’s principal songwriter, is candid when talking about the inspiration for his lyrics.

“Through my life, I’ve been divorced, locked up, homeless, broke, hooked on drugs … anything that you can do, I was,” he says. “With that comes a lot of baggage and inner thoughts, and I guess that’s where it comes from.”

Music, he says, can be cathartic.

“I feel like it washes my soul,” he says. “When every bad thing that can happen to you is happening to you, and you can pick up your guitar and just start playing … before long you actually forget about what’s going on, and you’re putting inflections in your music. You just get lost.”

West says that, more than anything, he hopes listeners find honesty in the bands music. He says the songs were not only inspired by personal experiences, but also everything from his disenchantment with the extreme divisiveness of America’s political climate to the plight of America’s soldiers.

“Everything seems to have a red and purple tint to it,” he says when talking about the band’s live show.

“We try to make musical transitions between songs and put a show together. It’s a tad psychedelic. It’s like Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead met, with a tad bit of Drive By Truckers. Lots of wah-wah pedals.” - The Weekender


"Chasin The Dog review"

When talking to Dan West of the band Chasin’ The Dog, you get a sense that the group had been chasin’ the dream of recording an album of original material for nearly a decade. And now, that dream has been realized.

“We called it ‘drawing a line in the sand,’” says West. “We said, “This is what we’re going to be, and we’re going to do it the best we can. You either like it or you don’t, but this is what we’ve got.’ We just wanted to shoot for our own identity. And we really felt the best way to define ourselves was to show, in our CD, who we are.”

Chasin’ The Dog features West on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chris Amptman on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, Matt Thomas on bass and Bill Lieback on Drums & Percussion.

Self-described as a jam band, Chasin’ The Dog names the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, John Butler Trio, Drive By Truckers, OAR, Jack Johnson, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tea Leaf Green, The Eagles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Jack White and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences. In addition to original material, the music of such acts has also appeared in the Chasin’ The Dog set list.

West, who serves as the group’s principal songwriter, is candid when talking about the inspiration for his lyrics.

“Through my life, I’ve been divorced, locked up, homeless, broke, hooked on drugs … anything that you can do, I was,” he says. “With that comes a lot of baggage and inner thoughts, and I guess that’s where it comes from.”

Music, he says, can be cathartic.

“I feel like it washes my soul,” he says. “When every bad thing that can happen to you is happening to you, and you can pick up your guitar and just start playing … before long you actually forget about what’s going on, and you’re putting inflections in your music. You just get lost.”

West says that, more than anything, he hopes listeners find honesty in the bands music. He says the songs were not only inspired by personal experiences, but also everything from his disenchantment with the extreme divisiveness of America’s political climate to the plight of America’s soldiers.

“Everything seems to have a red and purple tint to it,” he says when talking about the band’s live show.

“We try to make musical transitions between songs and put a show together. It’s a tad psychedelic. It’s like Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead met, with a tad bit of Drive By Truckers. Lots of wah-wah pedals.” - The Weekender


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