There’s a moment 3 seconds into Walking, the opening track on Visiter, The Dodos second LP that got me hooked on the band. Its nothing huge. Nothing revolutionary. Its just lead singer/guitarist, Meric Long’s immense fingernails plucking a single note so viciously that the whole guitar’s fret board rattles and buzzes right before the constant stomp begins. Its a brilliant sound and, though worlds apart in song writing, influences and tone, its this rawness that gives the Dodos a sound reminiscent of The Violent Femmes eponymous debut. That beautiful, alive and chaotically controlled sound of a band playing right in front of you.
So last night as the three piece took to the stage in London’s small but perfectly formed, Bush Hall and showed us exactly how that smashing sound is made, any inklings to the fact that their new record Time to Die, was maybe a little too polished, all but disappeared. Every sound of the room was captured and used breathtakingly well; Meric Long’s thrashing, double tracked vocals and acoustic guitars and Logan Kroeber’s intense syncopated drumming struggled against each other while Keaton Snyder’s chiming vibraphone hooks lassoed it all together.
They make a massive noise for a three piece band but not so much as to lose the great melodic hooks in Longs vocals. Songs about friends and neighbors and the end of the world feature heavily in the Dodos’ cannon and the ferocity in which they play them is nothing if not infectious. As they honored a few requests and ended their short but sweet set with the pounding Red and Purple the intensity driving such a young band and original band was truly an amazing thing to watch.
The Dodo’s third LP Time To Die is out now.