The Dodos brought a frenetic performance of their new album to Lee’s Palace on Tuesday
I’ve been a fan of the Dodos for years, ever since I heard their first album, Beware of the Maniacs, buzzing from the speakers of a dear fried and former room mate. Admittedly, though, I’d lapsed somewhat in my fandom and let them fall off my radar despite their constant presence on my “Most Listened To” playlist. I’d never seen them live. So I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see the Toronto stop of the tour supporting their new release, Carrier.
I always have a hard time explaining their sound to the uninitiated. Some songs linger on folk influences with guitarist, Meric Long, fingerpicking a de-tuned acoustic guitar. But the band’s tempos and song structures take sudden hairpin turns. Long starts thrashing at his guitar and belting staccato shouts up into the rafters and drummer, Logan Kroeber, unleashes a syncopated pounding that sounds more like a Taiko performance than one khaki and button-down-wearing guy in an indie band.