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The Dodos

by on Jul.08, 2008, under Capitol Hill, Music, Seattle

Meric Long of The Dodos.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/30 sec @ f/1.8. ISO 1100.

San Fransisco’s The Dodos descended on Neumos late last month. Sharat, Julie and I met up in Capitol Hill to catch the show. For several days prior to the concert I had been blasting Visiter in the Explorer. “Walking,” “Red and Purple,” and “Jodi” had become fast favorites. Although I got pretty rowdy playing drums along to The Dodos on my Ford-logo’ed steering wheel (no disrespect, Alan), I had no idea what I was in for at Neumos.

The Dodos @ Neumos. Seattle, WA. June 25, 2008.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/30 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 2000.

When I take my camera to a show or any event where I want to keep a low profile, I use a Domke J-803 camera satchel. My typical concert setup these days consists of the D300, 50mm f/1.8, 11-16mm f/2.8, SB-600 with Sto-Fen, spare camera and flash batteries, ExpoDisc, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. All of this gear fits inside the Domke with room to spare; and I look just like any another Seattleite emo carrying around a messenger bag with his journal, a Dave Eggers book and an iPod filled with the most important music, ever. I will happily suffer a few “man purse” jokes to avoid looking like camera-gear-guy.
Logan Kroeber of The Dodos.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/25 sec @ f/1.8. ISO 3200.
Several minutes before The Dodos came on , Julie and I squeezed in near the front of the stage. I looked down and noticed that my over-the-shoulder bag was touching at least four other messenger bags. Relieved that I was in company that would not mind bumping into my bag, I pointed this out to Julie and made a joke about Seattle dudes and their purses. After the show Sharat provided a little color concerning the plethora of messenger bags in attendance.

“When we walked into Neumos, I immediately noticed the smell.”
“Oh yeah?”
“Yeah, it smelled terrible.”
“Hmm. I guess so.”
“Then I looked around and saw all the messenger bags. That’s when I knew it. The whole place was full of bike messengers. The Dodos must have a big courier following.”

As always, Sharat contributed a keen insight into “the scene” we stumbled onto. I had no idea there were “bike messenger bands,” but I (along with many other bag-toters) were thrilled to hear this one.

Meric Long.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/30 sec @ f/2.2. ISO 1600.

Couriers or not, the crowd at The Dodos raged. The dancing and cheering became so raucous that the band themselves acknowledged how surprised they were. At one point Meric Long confessed they had planned to play a few slower songs, but discarded them in favor of higher energy tunes to keep the crowd rocking. I’ve heard many bands twice their size with half the sound; The Dodos’ two (sometimes three) person guitar & percussion ensemble produce a generous sonic range. Drummer Logan Kroeber employs precisely tuned tenors to deliver thoughtful harmonies that compliment Meric Long’s frantic and inventive guitar playing. Add an auxiliary percussionist banging on a trash can or playing a toy piano and you are faced with a formidable wall of sound.
Meric Long.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/30 sec @ f/2.2. ISO 2200.

Seattle: You can catch The Dodos again when they come through later this month at The Capitol Hill Block Party. See you there!

Grand Rapids: Yes, G Rap, I am thinking of you (especially because I just saw an Amway ad on TV, hey—now I know). Go see The Dodos this Friday at The DAAC. All you have to do to thank me is leave a comment confirming how much they rocked.

The Dodos at Neumos.
Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens @ 11mm.
Aperture Priority. 1/3 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 3200.
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