Preview by Steven Philips, StSteven.com
This Saturday night, Dopapod is playing District N9NE on North 9th St. in Philly, with The Main Squeeze and Tweed opening. The 8:30pm show is 18+ and further information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Tweed will also be playing an after party at Voltage Lounge – more info here.
Dopapod is one of the busiest bands anywhere, having played well over 100 shows already this year, with about 20 to go, focusing on the East coast, with some forays into the Midwest. I’m fortunate to be able to see them regularly in Philly, and at many of my favorite festivals. This year they were on the bill at Aura, Summer Camp, Mad Tea Party Jam, Gathering of the Vibes, Werkout, Peach Fest, North Coast, Catskill Chill, and Wormtown. They often team up with other bands for portions of a tour, and the band I most associate with them is Papadosio with whom they are very close, often sitting in with each other in various configurations that are sometimes even billed as Dopadosio. This year have joined forces with Kung Fu, Mike Dillon Band, Jimkata, Greenhouse Lounge, Aqueous, Consider The Source, Tauk, and recently with Umphrey’s McGee. I most recently caught them in Wilkes-Barre with Umphrey’s, where they played a great set to kick off the Halloween weekend.
Playing so many shows together over these past few years makes for a tight sound – they know where they’re going with their songs and jams, and their compositions have evolved steadily, as has their arsenal of electronic sounds which are the signature of their unique vibe. When not on tour this year, they spent substantial time in the studio, and their new album “Never Odd or Even” just dropped this month. You can pick up this album at Dopapod.com in many forms; as a free mp3 download (in exchange for some Facebook sharing) to a hifi download, CD, or various packages with posters and T-shirts. The nine songs on this release represent the state of the art in their version of modern electronic rock. They are compositions with solid structure and lyrics, but that leave room for extensive jams when performed live. And the sounds from Rob Compa’s guitar and Eli Winderman’s keyboard are fresh and uniquely Dopapod, including both the traditional voices of the instruments, and the techno influenced electronic sounds. The rhythm section of Chuck Jones on bass and Scotty Zwang on drums is solid. One thing you won’t get from the album is the light show, which is excellent, and has become a part of the performance.
So come out and join me at District N9NE where I’ll be photographing the show.
Main Squeeze, Tweed
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 8:30 PM EST (7:30 PM Doors)
District N9NE, Philadelphia, PA
18 years and over/ $16