PROFILE: The Dodos – Time To Die (Frenchkiss Records)

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The Dodos are a freak-folk trio from San Francisco that are notorious not only for their breakthrough Animal Collective-inspired song, “Fools” from Visiter, featured in a Miller Chill ad but also for their innovative approach to their music.

Gigging solo throughout the Bay Area, frontman Meric Long (vocals/guitar) self-released, Dodo Bird EP, in 2005.  Long met drummer, Logan Kroeber, through a mutual friend while performing songs from Dodo Bird.  With Long’s background in West African Ewe drumming and Kroeber’s experience in metal and punk bands, they worked to blend these styles, bringing percussive elements center stage to highlight the acoustic guitar’s syncopated rhythms.  In 2006, Long and Kroeber self-released, Beware of The Maniacs, under the moniker, Dodo Bird.  The duo toured extensively and garnered a fan base that simply referred to them as The Dodos so they changed their name accordingly.

In 2008, Visiter, their 2nd LP, which was released on Frenchkiss Records was awarded the title “Best New Music” by Pitchfork Media.  On their newest release, Time To Die (Frenchkiss, 2009), The Dodos added electric vibraphonist/percussionist, Keaton Synder, to the fold.  Produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse), Time To Die, without surprise, sonically mimics The Shins’ Chutes Too Narrow.

Heralded as intense live performers, The Dodos have recently completed a national tour in support of The New Pornographers.  They are currently recording a new album that, at present, remains nameless but, according to their Facebook page “. . . this might well be the most exciting record we’ve worked on.  That being said, it’ll be impossible to pull off live.  Can’t wait until next year!”  And, neither can we.

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