We’re writing to you fresh off of an exciting last two months. It’s been a while since we last caught up. We drove our van straight through the Ides of March, had few laughs at the April Fools, and here we are in May looking back at an amazing wintery season and forward to all the exciting things that are lined up as Summer approaches us. With so much in store, we have some great news to unleash upon everyone, so we’ll start with the stuff that people want to hear first.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to announce that we have cleaned our van! That’s right, after months of just about non-stop gigging and watching those perforated lines on the road pass us by, we’ve decided that you, the fans, deserve to listen to a band that practices good van hygiene. This was an extremely emotional time for us, and wasn’t as easy of a decision to make as you might think. Through all the dried up slush we tracked in, empty coffee cups, half-filled food wrappers, and children we found, there was stuff that we had a lot trouble letting go of. You never know just how attached you can get to a banana peel or a dirty sock until you’ve spent 4 months in a van with it listening to the same music and having deep, in-depth conversations. We all realized it was for the best, though, after it took 45 minutes of reasoning with Chuck for him to let go of a Frito that had been under the drivers seat since Bear Creek in November. He was adamant that it really brought the van together. In the end, we’re all happy with how things are. A less funky van means a more funky Dopapod, and a more funky Dopapod is good for your health.
With the more important stuff out of the way, let’s talk tunage. No, that plural in the heading there is no mistake. Drawn Onward is coming along really well and we’ve been uncovering and experimenting with all sorts of grimy sounds that we’ve decided to spend a bit more time in the Dopalab to fine tune everything. You can expect for it to drop in the Fall.
Can’t wait that long? Don’t fret just yet, we are going to be releasing a live album this summer. Our good friend and master of the sonic stratosphere, Luke the Jedi, has been multi-tracking the well majority of our shows for a while now. We’ll be compiling some of our choice cuts to share. For those of you that have been enjoying the archive recordings, we’re happy to be giving you a special high quality opportunity to bob your heads and move your booties to. Keep a look out for …I Saw Live Dopapod. Evil was I… coming out this summer.
Well Spring is here, Osama’s apparently dead, Obama is apparently American, and we’ve got a lot in store for this summer. We just played our first festival of the season at Some Kind of Jam in Pennsylvania and are starving for more tastes of the festival nectars that the upcoming months have in store. In the midst of the East Coast run that we’ll be on, you can find us hitting a number of festivals including Strangecreek, The Big Up, Catskill Chill, and Bearcreek. If you look hard enough, you might even be able to find us at a certain fest that’s smack dab in the middle of June and smack dab in the middle of Tennessee. We don’t want to give it away, but it rhymes with poo. Be sure to respond to the Facebook events for these shows. With all these festivals, boat cruises, and Cinco de Mayo, you never know when we’ll get inebriated enough throw out some free tickets amidst a drunken Facebook creep sesh (c’mon, you know you all do it).
For more details visit the tour page at dopapod.com
5/7 Oneonta, NY: Live LIVE Festival
5/20 Morrisville, PA: Phan Fare Festival
6/15 Pittsburgh, PA: Thunderbird Cafe
6/16 Rochester, NY: Dubland Underground
6/24 Boston, MA: Boat Cruise!!!
6/25 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground
8/5 Oxford, ME: Camp Creek
8/19 Chance Harbor, NB: Sunseekers Ball
8/20 Dover, NH: Great Bay Music Festival
11/12 Live Oak, FL: Bear Creek Festival
See everyone out there! D’oh!