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Video of the Moment #2892: The Dodos

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Next month will see the release of the latest LP from San Franciscan duo The Dodos. The latest preview of the upcoming album, their seventh from the studio, makes a grand impression as presented in its promo video. ‘SW3’ – which, sadly, does not have anything to do with the London postcode – takes us to a martial arts studio, where we get to see some youngsters showing off their physical prowess. It stars Shaolin teenager Queena Tran and friends in what became an impromptu showcase that even surprised and wowed director Ryan Daniel Browne. Watch it all enfold below. ‘Certainly Waves’ will drop on the 12th of October on Polyvinyl Records. To read our past coverage on the Dodos here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #1796: The Dodos

 
By on Wednesday, 29th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

The Dodos released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January (review here) and a few days ago, they released the intriguing video for ‘Goodbyes and Endings’ off their latest LP. This video has been advertised as the last in a series of interconnected videos, going back to ‘Companions’ from fourth album ‘No Color’ and ‘Confidence’ from fifth album ‘Carrier’. Watch the newest video in this trilogy below.

Past Dodos coverage on TGTF, including Carrie’s interview with Meric Long and Logan Kroeber at SXSW 2015, is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NXdUWbIowI[/youtube]

 

SXSW 2015 Interview: The Dodos

 
By on Thursday, 2nd April 2015 at 3:00 pm
 

On the Wednesday evening of SXSW 2015, I attended the Dine Alone Records 10th anniversary showcase at the Bungalow on Rainey Street, where I was able to catch San Francisco alt-rock duo The Dodos for a quick interview before their set. Finding a truly quiet place for an interview at the Bungalow while their fellow Dine Alone artists Yukon Blonde were soundchecking for their set turned out to be a bit of a lost cause, as you’ll hear in the interview stream below, but band members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber still managed to share their plans for SXSW and their upcoming tour plans in Europe and the UK, as well as some insight on how their 10 years together as a band have shaped both their live performances and their studio recordings.

Of special interest for our readers on the UK side of the pond will be news of The Dodos’ planned one-off show at the Village Underground on Tuesday the 28th of April. Long and Kroeber will appear there with Berlin’s “renegade new-classical ensemble” Stargaze to perform full orchestral arrangements of songs from The Dodos’ five-album back catalogue, as well as material from their new sixth record ‘Individ’. As part of the same show, the Stargaze ensemble will also perform specially commissioned chamber arrangements of songs by American alt-pop act Deerhoof, composed by the band’s drummer and co-songwriter Greg Saunier. Ticket information for this unique show, along with other live dates on The Dodos’ European tour, can be found on The Dodos’ official Web site. Below the interview stream, you can find an amazing live video from The Dodos’ autumn 2014 collaboration with Stargaze, which included a performance of ‘Transformer’ from their fifth studio album ‘Carrier’.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/96MGUnowa6c[/youtube]

Thanks especially to Brendan for his help with this interview.

 

SXSW 2015: Dine Alone Records and Music from Ireland showcases – 18th March 2015

 
By on Thursday, 2nd April 2015 at 10:00 am
 

Wednesday night I made my way down to the Bungalow on Rainey Street for the Dine Alone Records 10th anniversary showcase, which was scheduled to feature two bands I’d previously covered for TGTF, The Dodos and Broncho, as well as Lieutenant, the new side project of Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel. I arrived at the Bungalow early enough to work out the logistics of my interview with The Dodos before heading out to the backyard stage area to catch the night’s opening act, Josh Haden’s jazz-tinged alt-rock band Spain.

I wasn’t familiar with Josh Haden or Spain before I saw them at the Bungalow, but a quick internet search reveals that their smooth, soulful sound is at least partially the result of Haden’s background in jazz; he is the son of well-known jazz bassist Charlie Haden. Josh Haden originally formed Spain in the early 1990s and revitalized it with new members in 2007. The band’s latest LP, ‘Sargent Place’ was released on Dine Alone back in November, and their set at the Dine Alone showcase included a fine performance of its lead single ‘The Fighter’, which you can stream below.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/pPwjSmCq608[/youtube]

Vancouver indie pop band Yukon Blonde quickly changed the pace of the evening after Spain’s laid-back set. Their dance-friendly synth and guitar sounds drew a captivated audience under the tents at the Bungalow, almost making us forget that we were still in the middle of the week with their hook-heavy new single ‘Saturday Night’. Just after SXSW, Yukon Blonde hit the road in America and Canada for an opening slot with their Dine Alone labelmates Lieutenant; those shows continue into April.

Yukon Blonde’s energetic set paved the way for San Francisco-based duo The Dodos to take the stage. They clearly had a fair few fans in attendance at SXSW 2015, as the crowd packed in noticeably tighter during their brief soundcheck. After reviewing their latest LP ‘Individ’ and their show at Tucson’s Club Congress in February, I had already come to the conclusion that The Dodos are just one of those bands that you have to see live to get the full effect of their music.

I discussed that opinion briefly with band members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber in my interview with them before their set, but their spectacular performance on the night did more to solidify my estimation than any of their commentary. Knowing that The Dodos create a huge sound between the two of them, I started their set with earplugs firmly in place, but the sound quality and the crisp energy of their performance was so amazing that I ended up removing them just so that I could take it all in. The dance moves featured in The Dodos’ video for ‘Competition’ didn’t make it onto the stage here, but there was plenty of enthusiastic dancing in the crowd when Long and Kroeber played the song.

The Dodos at Dine Alone showcase SXSW 2015

Unfortunately, the crowd at the Bungalow thinned conspicuously after The Dodos finished, leaving only a sparse few fans to watch Lieutenant. Because the live iteration of Lieutenant features Foo Fighters bass player Nate Mendel and Snow Patrol bass player Paul Wilson (both on guitar, ironically enough), I had expected them to draw a larger audience. Lieutenant’s recent album release ‘If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week’ is probably best described as understated, and as it turns out, Mendel is an understated frontman in live performance as well. Wilson’s more animated guitar solos, while not exactly flashy, were the highlight of the band’s set at the Bungalow. I suspect that the members of Lieutenant will grow progressively more comfortable in their newly adopted roles as they continue their current American tour with Yukon Blonde.

Nate Mendel at Dine Alone showcase SXSW 2015           Paul Wilson at Dine Alone showcase SXSW 2015

My energy lagged a bit after Lieutenant’s set, and I decided a walk might be in order to help me get a second wind. I left the Bungalow and headed back to 6th Street to see Dine Alone alumnus James Vincent McMorrow, whose first self-titled EP was released in the US on Dine Alone back in 2010.  McMorrow was appearing on the Music from Ireland showcase at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, which was already packed to the gills for his set when I arrived. (In fact, it was so crowded that I never met up with Mary, who also made the Music From Ireland show part of her Wednesday night lineup.) Though the Gibson Room audience were clearly enamored with the soulful melancholia of McMorrow’s ‘Post Tropical’ tracks, I found his falsetto to be unintelligible and a bit whiny, much in the vein of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, whose sound I have never been particularly fond of. In spite of that, McMorrow’s stage presence was shyly endearing and he did pique my interest by testing a couple of new tracks, which he said weren’t yet fully worked out, but which held their own here in acoustic performance.

Walking On Cars at Music From Ireland SXSW 2015

Once again, the audience almost completely vanished after McMorrow’s set, leaving Irish pop band Walking on Cars to play in a nearly empty room to close out the night. It was a pity too, because Walking on Cars play the kind of energetic pop music that could find itself comfortably situated on top 40 radio, given enough of an audience. Indeed, the band broke up their wee-hours-of-the-morning set with a mashup of pop tunes that included 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’, and James Bay’s current hit ‘Hold Back the River’, along with a surprisingly effective cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’.

Their own recent single ‘Always Be With You’, featured in our SXSW preview of artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland, closed the night on a strong note, even if only a handful of punters were still around to hear it. Keep an eye on TGTF for coverage of Walking on Cars at the full Irish breakfast appearing on TGTF soon.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #85: Logan Kroeber of The Dodos

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re at installment number six, and this time we’re quizzing drummer Logan Kroeber of San Francisco alt rockers the Dodos, who released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January. Carrie also caught them live in Tucson last week. The duo are relative veterans to the indie scene, so it makes sense that Kroeber has sound advice for those coming to Austin for the first time, and he also appears to have a thing about Swiss musician and producer DJ Bobo

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just found out there are some old friends living there, so catching up with them and eating some good food. If it’s hot going swimming too!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There’s too many to choose from. I just hope I get to see some good rap and I’ll probably spend some time at the Thrasher Death Match.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve got nothing weird in my bag except more clothes than most, because doing laundry on tour can be a nightmare and I wanna keep it to a minimum.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A cold beer or a Hennessy on the rocks if you’re feeling really generous.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be nice to the locals and be prepared to suffer. Drink water.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played on a plastic recorder. The California Raisins.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘We Close Our Eyes’ by Oingo Boingo.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrPexqOR_T8[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song makes you cry?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Rose Royce, ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
DJ Bobo, ‘Circus’. [I’ve never heard of this DJ Bobo character, and now I’m curious… -Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esf2E1-202Q[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Devin the Dude.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Subsistence fisherman.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Slayer, ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, because I bet he’s curious how the other half lives.

Thank you Logan for your answers and Brendan for sorting this out for us!

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: The Dodos with Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress, Tucson, AZ – 16th February 2015

 
By on Friday, 20th February 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

Touring musicians don’t always get holidays off, and so it was on Presidents’ Day (a federal holiday here in America) that I headed to downtown Tucson to see San Francisco alt-rock duo The Dodos at Club Congress. Club Congress is an intimate standing-room only venue situated inside the historic Hotel Congress, but its atmosphere is surprisingly casual for such a location. I arrived a few minutes before the doors opened for the show, and for the sake of accuracy, I should mention here that “doors” is largely a figurative phrase at Club Congress. There is only one door leading into the club from the hotel lobby, and it can be opened and closed at will. I took a seat inside the door and just next to the ticket desk while I waited, and I spied members of the band and crew passing through as they made their preparations for the show. This happens at Club Congress because, aside from the single front door, the club has only one loading door at the back of the stage, and no backstage area at all.

Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

When the “doors” officially opened, I was able to get inside quickly and claim a spot directly in front of the stage. While I normally covet the opportunity to be front and center, it turned out to be unnecessary for this show. The opening act, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan), turned up with a full band supporting her sound. And because the sound in the venue is quite good, I wouldn’t have needed to be up close to hear all the finely-tuned details of Morgan’s exquisite singing voice. Springtime Carnivore’s set was made up exclusively of tracks from her self-titled debut album, the instrumental arrangements varying from vibrant keyboard-laced pop to a simpler Greta-with-guitar approach. Though I wasn’t familiar with the songs before Monday night, I quickly found myself humming along with the catchy ‘Keep Confessing’ and grooving to the darker sound of ‘Sun Went Black.’ Springtime Carnivore left us whistling the charming chorus riff of ‘Name on a Matchbook’, and I made a quick dash to the merch table to grab a copy of her CD.

Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The transition time between Springtime Carnivore’s support set and The Dodos’ highly-anticipated set was amazingly brief, especially considering that the bands were fully responsible for their own gear. The room had filled in considerably while Springtime Carnivore was on stage and looked full to capacity by the time The Dodos struck into the opening chord of ‘Goodbyes and Endings’. Despite being a rather ironic opening choice, the forceful performance immediately captivated the attention of the audience. From the very outset, the duo endeavored to recreate the relentless wall of sound they achieved on recent album ‘Individ’, following their opening number with another track from that LP, current single ‘Competition’.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

After the incredible concentration and physical exertion of these first two songs, drummer Logan Kroeber was obliged to stop and ask a crew member to bring him a towel. His request provided one of several welcome breaks in the action where The Dodos showed themselves to be more mellow and relaxed on stage than the rigorous mood of their music might indicate. Their back-and-forth banter was low-key but engaging, touching on the opening act, the local weather, and few inside jokes that their longtime fans seemed to appreciate.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The more dedicated fans in the audience also appreciated the opportunity to hear a few songs from The Dodos’ back catalogue. Playing without the aid of a written script, Long and Kroeber debated briefly about which “deep tracks” they might include, in the end deciding to stick with their original game plan. Two songs each from 2008 album ‘Visiter’ and 2013 LP ‘Carrier’ punctuated the newer material, along with a vigourous performance of ‘Black Night’ from the pair’s fourth studio album ‘No Color’.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The set proper was bookended by another huge sonic bulwark in the form of two more tracks from ‘Individ’, culminating with the album’s resonating final track ‘Pattern/Shadow’. It was a dramatic finale to an intense program of music, and the The Dodos left the stage without further remarks, allowing the song its full impact.

When Long and Kroeber returned to the stage for the encore, their mood was substantially lighter. They engaged in a bit of conversation with the audience, even considering a request someone had passed forward on a napkin from the bar. There was a bit of tongue-in-cheek discussion about whether to address Springtime Carnivore by her stage name or her given name before she was invited back to the stage to join in a light-hearted and harmonious version of ‘Sleep’, originally recorded with Neko Case. After a round of applause for the angel-voiced Ms. Morgan, The Dodos wrapped up with apparent crowd favorite ‘Men’.

The Dodos with Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The brute sonic force of ‘Individ’ proved itself to be more impressive in person than in the studio recording, which is occasionally mired in its own emotional and dynamic weight. The energy and spontaneity of live performance added a much-needed dimension to The Dodos’ sound, and hearing their older songs in that context has prompted me to explore their earlier music a bit further as well.

The Dodos’ sixth album ‘Individ’ is out now on Polyvinyl and Springtime Carnivore’s self-titled debut LP is available on Autumn Tone. Both acts will appear at SXSW 2015 next month in Austin, Texas.

After the cut: Springtime Carnivore and The Dodos’ set lists
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