Not enough rock music goes back to its roots; most bands even try to separate themselves from rocksâ€šÃ„Ã´ blues origins. Thee Emergency chooses the path of soul-infused rock in their debut Can You Dig It?, an album delivered via time machine from a 1960s garage.The opening distorted guitar riff on â€šÃ„ÃºGirl You Shouldâ€šÃ„Ã´ve Knownâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and frantic downbeat of drums following soon after instantly raise the spirit of rock, keeping it alive for the entire forty-seven minute album. Vocalist Dita Vox exudes pure groove on every track, sounding like a fusion of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, with a dash of Karen O for modernity. On â€šÃ„ÃºGet It Up,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Sonic Smithâ€šÃ„Ã´s impassioned, fuzzy guitar and Voxâ€šÃ„Ã´s wails are offset by a tambourine keeping the beat and an organ, two instruments practically extinct in 21st century music. Bassist Nick Detroit slaps with fervor, even given a chance at soloing on the high energy title track, followed by a guitar response from Smith while Tom T. Drummer (guess what he plays?) hammers in the background. Bluesy â€šÃ„ÃºNo Condemnationâ€šÃ„Ã¹ evolves from Vox accompanied by a piano into a full-out sing-a-long jam with a multitude of instruments, thus ending Can You Dig It? with the same verve it started.
Each member of Thee Emergency is talented and strives to make a song work together rather than attempting to outshine one another. Can You Dig It? asks an age old question of rock nâ€šÃ„Ã´ roll, and with one listen, the answer is a resounding â€šÃ„ÃºYes!â€šÃ„Ã¹