photo by Hilary Harris
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection begins our coverage of some of the bands playing the Capitol Hill Block Party as chosen by John in the Morning. We bring you Fools by The Dodos from the band’s 2nd full-length Visiter on Frenchkiss Records.
Not too many people study West African Ewe drumming, but that’s precisely what Meric Long did before he embarked as a one-man acoustic act billed as Dodobird. Soon, he got into country blues fingerpicking and wanted to create a band where drumming could be at the forefront to help bring out the syncopated rhythms he was doing on his acoustic guitar. Through a roommate, he met drummer Logan Kroeber, who had also been experimenting with drumming, and the two began performing as The Dodo’s in 2006. Paired with incredibly sing-alongable lyrics, the band’s almost tribally rhythmic songs garnered quite a bit of attention with their first album Beware of the Maniacs and they toured extensively with Les Savy Fav, the Akron/Family and Peter and the Wolf before taking time to work on Visiter. For this album, the band wanted to capture more of the intensity of their live sound on this album so they set about recording the basic drums and guitar simultaneously with very little post-production. While working on the tracking, the din of a thunderstorm inspired an impromptu horn session with guest trumpeter Cory Gray, who can be heard on this song. Also interesting to note, the album title and artwork for Visiter came from students in South Central LA after the band played for them.
You can catch The Dodos at the Capitol Hill Block Party at 9pm on July 25th or listen to their performance live on KEXP’s streaming archives from the Pitchfork Music Festival (Look up Sunday July 21st 3pm or click here). More dates can be found on their MySpace page or website. For a preview of their performance at the CHBP, check out this live footage from the band’s most recent stop in Seattle, at Neumo’s, and this official video for “Fools”: