NYC duo Dog Trainer today shared the video for “Serious,” the third single off their forthcoming album Scrolling to feel better… part one out March 26th, 2021. The band of Nick Broman & Lucas del Calvo—who were recently featured on Alternative Press’s “50 New Artists You Need To Hear In January”—describe the origins of “Serious” saying: “A lot of songs romanticize instability and drama in relationships, putting emphasis on falling in love instead of continuing to be in love. With this song, we wanted to break from that mold and shine a light on choosing to be ‘serious’ instead. After writing fictional breakup songs with various other projects in the last year or so, it was really refreshing to talk about the ‘seriousness’ and depth of our long-term relationships with this song.”
Scrolling to feel better… part one, which was created entirely within the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic, saw the duo create together in an unprecedented way. With Broman working from his NYC apartment and del Calvo working from the basement laundry room of an Airbnb his parents had rented in Vermont, they sent beats back and forth before eventually quarantining together for three months to finish it. On the resulting album, Dog Trainer leap beyond their lo-fi origins to their most honest writing and refined self-production to date.
Broman and del Calvo, who first met as rival student jazz guitarists at the New School for Jazz, here collect their disparate influences (everything from Bon Iver, Beach House, and Porches, to the emotive pop of Lauv, Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, and The 1975) and weave them into a contradictory but enthralling sonic world of their own: acoustic guitars colliding with EDM synths and vulnerable lyrics leading to massive beat drops. Dog Trainer found their voice by drawing lyrics entirely from their lived experiences—the good and the bad, the interesting and the mundane. As such, Scrolling to feel better… part one is a work of sincerity that explores the everyday realities of millennials and Gen Z-ers, and holds a mirror up to our innermost hopes and fears.