Dig the Kid is a high-energy, 3 piece ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area made up of singer, songwriter and guitarist Cory Todd, drummer and songwriter Lisa Mongelli and bassist Ian Lasater. Newly formed, but hardly new to the music scene, this trio is on a mission to push the boundaries of what defines a traditional band’s "sound"– rather choosing to play in a musical sandbox free of limits or constraints. Alternative, calypso, punk, soul, grunge, pop, reggae or straight-ahead rock ‘n roll. Simply put, to hear Dig the Kid play is like hitting "shuffle" on your vast musical library.
Mongelli anchors Dig the Kid with an omnipresent booming net of Bonham like drums laced with controlled ferocity and an oh-so-delicate touch. Todd drips sugary-pop hooks over crunching guitars serenaded by his shredding vocals with an eye-opening range. And with chest-thumping, nimble precision, Lasater holds these two ends down on bass.
Things really start to get interesting when the band takes to the stage live. On any given song, Dig the Kid shuffles the deck of instruments and draws another card. Lisa may rob Cory and bang out a borderline Zep-sounding ripping guitar. Cory may grab the bass for soulful, passionate screamers that have the audience rivaling amps for volume while Ian takes over drums in familiar fashion for this almost musical ménage à trois. And it all works perfectly without missing a beat. It’s a confident musicianship and energy level rarely seen and certainly has been causing quite a buzz amongst the musical elite.
The San Francisco Weekly comments on their recent performance at Cafe Du Nord, "Dig the Kid's audience loved them. Truly loved them. I applaud the multi-instrumental capability of the three performers, their energy, the drumming on a water-soaked floor tom, and Lisa's strong female presence"