Back in the 1990s, Dig was an emerging act all its own. The band’s wavy, aquatic guitar melodies and compelling pop songcraft allowed them the distinction in Los Angeles’s fertile alternative rock scene. After releasing their 1992 debut EP Runt, the band’s self-titled major label full-length album, the next year, exposed them to a much wider audience. The video for its Billboard Top 20 hit, “Believe,” achieved regular rotation through MTV’s Buzz Bin, while another for follow-up single “Unlucky Friend” was featured on the Rock Video Monthly Alternative release for July 1994. Although subsequent efforts, 1996’s Defenders of the Universe and 1999’s Life Like, did not match the success of their first album, all four releases are what continue to make Dig not only a favorite among fans, but an important influence on modern underground music.
Last Thursday, Dig released “Nothing Is Forever,” their first instance of new material in well over a decade, with an accompanying video. Right away, the single’s dominant rockier elements reinforce their signature sound, with psychedelic subtleties that feel familiar and fresh. While the video’s saturated, trippy color palette seems to obscure a clearly older band, frontman Scott Hackwith’s voice remains hauntingly youthful and unscathed in the same way, as if taken from a session from their debut album. That said, this song shows itself to be a competent expansion of “Believe.” In the face of the ongoing pandemic, its message is not a grim reminder of our limited time on earth, rather a hope that even the deadliest of disasters eventually come to an end.