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:: The Dodos ::
20 May 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
By Ashley Partridge

Thump thump thump! The power behind Logan Kroeber’s drumming is incredible. When the Dodos are at their best , it’s because of his drubbing tribal rhythms, that never seem to let up in either pace or determination.

Initially formed by guitarist Meric Long as a duo, they have since expanded to three members. However, it’s those early songs from the days of semi-acoustic folk rock that shine brightest. The move to a full electric band is an obvious natural evolution but it takes away from their core style.

This is highlighted particularly by the encore. After returning to the stage, they’re joined by Jessie from support band The Luyas, who adds vocals to the chorus of Going Under. It’s off the latest album - No Colour – where the sounds are bright, fun, summery, breezy, happy and all manner of similar adjectives.

Despite being a great tune in its own right, the actual set-closer completely trumps it in terms of quality and skill. “We’re going to play an old song now”, Meric tells the crowd, warning that he’s unsure if he can still do it fast enough.

Jodie’s opening riff gives way to some seriously furious skin-pounding from Logan, who hardly lets up over the following six minutes. The focus is squarely on these two San Franciscan men and their penchant for noise. It’s hard to believe that, moments ago, borderline pop was blaring out from the amps.

That is the key contradiction that’s yielded from the live experience that is the Dodos. Meric and Logan are a pair of fantastically talented musicians who can play the sweetest, most intricate acoustic ballads, before switching to early 90s rock, even if by trying to combine the two, some of the finer points get lost in the mix.

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The Dodos

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