The Dodos

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

The Dodos

Sarah Bethe Nelson

Sat · April 13, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20 adv / $25 door

This event is all ages

The Dodos
The Dodos
To make Certainty Waves, their seventh album as The Dodos, guitarist Meric Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber had to forget everything they knew about what it meant to be The Dodos.

Like the duo's breakout sophomore album Visiter (which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2018), Certainty Waves finds The Dodos embracing the unlimited possibilities of a time when there were no preconceptions of what the band should sound like. Questions like whether the band needed to be more than just “acoustic guitar and drums,” and just what exactly the ratio should be of acoustic vs. electric guitar suddenly took a backseat to the realization that so much emphasis was mistakenly being put on form rather than spirit.
Perhaps not surprisingly, this epiphany occurred while the band was re-learning Visiter for a show in which they were to perform the record in its entirety.

Recalls Long: “At the time that show happened, I was a little bit lost in terms of which direction the record should go. We had a handful of recordings, nuggets, and song potentials, but they weren't songs yet, and months had passed without any real progress. I was kind of debating whether to drop the kitchen sink, simplify things, or just leave them be."
But a funny thing happened when he sat down to listen to Visiter for the first time in eight years.

“It completely surprised me how much electric guitar is on that record,” reveals Long. “The narrative had always been we were just acoustic guitar and drums.”

This ostensibly simple observation was pivotal in unlocking a new approach to the material Long and Kroeber would later put to tape in the studio.

“Rather than thinking about the end result or considering the reaction of the listener, I tried to give in to gut reactions, first impulses, however silly or untrue to form they may be,” says Long. “If it was exciting in any way, we pursued it without hesitancy or question.”

What began to emerge from the band’s rehearsals was a quasi post-punk sound that Long immediately gravitated toward. It felt new and different, yet somehow still fundamentally “Dodos.

And so, Certainty Waves was born.
Sarah Bethe Nelson
Sarah Bethe Nelson
Lost in the chorus of those lamenting the death of San Francisco’s music scene is the small detail that, really, SF is doing just fine. Singer-songwriters like Sarah Bethe Nelson help to ensure the Bay Area’s continued vibrancy, and her songs are an intriguing condensation of the city’s contradictions. Though tethered to the simple, sun-kissed melodies more commonly associated with Southern California, Nelson’s sound is undeniably the product of countless evenings tending bar in the Mission District. It’s a bit weary from all those late nights, but there’s a finicky energy to it, as well — a sense of adventure buried beneath all those drawn-out minor chords.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on Nelson’s new single “Hazy”, which succeeds on its own terms without trying too hard. “I think of ‘Hazy’ as elements of doo-wop and adult contemporary hanging around together,” Nelson tells Consequence of SOund. “But mostly, it’s a simple little love song.” If Nelson doesn’t seem much like the self-aggrandizing type in person, she’s even more modest on record, preferring to let the listener search for the jewel of a melody at the center of each song.

With “Hazy”, that search is a pleasure. Listen to the song below; it will appear on Nelson’s forthcoming album Oh, Evolution, which drops February 24th on Burger Records.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110