Grab your dancing shoes and get your rage face ready because Dopapod, one of the harder hitting jam-bands in the scene, is coming back to The Mousetrap on Saturday February 8th, one day after Dark Star Orchestra raises the dead at The Egyptain Room. For those of you who were at the last show or have had the opportunity to see them live before, you know what to expect. Raunchy staccato guitar lines, a tightly coiled rhythm section, soaring organ/synths; it’s a psychedelic, hard-rock-loving, bluesman’s dream. Think “Phish meets Rage Against the Machine meets Ultraviolet Hippopotamus” and you might have the slightest inkling of what these guys are bringing to the stage every night.
With a trio of studio albums under their belt and playing over 150+ live shows each of the last 3 years, Dopapod is one of the hardest working bands around. Regulars of the festival circuit, they’ve made appearances at major festivals like Camp Bisco, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, The Big Up, Rootwire, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more. That – folks – is what we call street cred.
Their most recent studio effort, the self-produced Redivider (released Dec. 21st, 2012), is also the first to incorporate vocals into the band’s sound. Tracks like “Vol. 3 #86” and “Braindead” showcase this new direction, but there’s still plenty of room for that classic Dopapod style to keep everyone happy. “My Elephant Vs. Your Elephant” and “Bubble Brain” highlight the album’s instrumentals; both tracks sending listeners on a multi-faceted musical journey complete with a range of energy, sound, and emotion. Seriously, check these tracks out; you’ll dig it.
Along with their 3 studio releases, Dopapod has also released a slew of soundboard recordings for listeners to enjoy, all except for “I Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was I” are downloadable for free or pay (name your own price) on their Bandcamp page. Just a heads up, the NYE 2013 show at The Palladium is freakin’ glorious.
Lighting up stages with their incendiary live shows, this band has earned each and every fan as they’ve crisscrossed the country from show to show. They’re one of the few truly original acts out there, even pigeonholing them to a single genre can be downright difficult. Is it jam? Experimental? Prog? Who knows. Moral of the story, though: come out to The Mousetrap on the 8th and enjoy the show. Laugh with us. Dance with us. Jam with us. See you there.