San Francisco duo the Dodos have announced their new album, Individ, will arrive in stores on Dine Alone Records on January 27, 2015, and have premiered the first single from the record, “Competition”. Individ follows the band’s highly 2013 album, Carrier, and found Meric Long and Logan Kroeber performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, along with multiple tours across Europe and North America, supporting Neko Case this spring.
For the Dodos “the best time to make a record is right after you’ve finished one” says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long. Having just wrapped up the sessions for Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would make up Individ.
“The songs came together easily, there was not a lot questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally,” says Long. And what comes naturally to the Dodos is creating music that sounds positively epic.
“In a lot of ways making this record brought us back to making Visiter,” their 2008 critical and commercial breakthrough, “relying heavily on the movement that occurs between just two instruments, guitar and drums. From the first take of the first song we tracked, things sounded huge and that set the tone for the entire thing.” “Competition” is a shining example of this proclivity, built on dueling guitar lines that overlap above and below a persistent drum beat as Long’s assured vocals soar above it all.
The Dodos have a few remaining dates in 2014, including Banshee Festival in Healdsburg, CA on Nov. 15 and supporting American Football in December 12+13 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Individ track listing:
02. The Tide
06. Goodbyes And Endings
11/15 – Healdsburg, CA @ Raven Theater (Banshee Festival)
12/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
12/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater #
12/14 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
# American Football