October 14, 2013
Whether it be Generationals, Deerhoof, Japandroids, or Wampire, the Polyvinyl Record Co. has an unparalleled knack for finding the cream of the crop of indie rock duos. The next artist on that list that is creating a massive buzz is San Francisco’s The Dodos. What began as a solo project for Meric Long under the moniker Dodo Bird was soon pluralized with the addition of Logan Kroeber. They first gained notoriety with their release Visiter. Over the years they’ve made fans out of fellow artists like Neko Case and Les Savy Fav (who invited them to perform at their ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Festival in 2011.) Eventually they caught the eye of Polyvinyl and together released the new album, Carrier.
Carrier has been roundly acclaimed by music fans and critics all over. Publications such as FILTER, Under The Radar, The Line of Best Fit, and more have given glowing reviews to the album, calling it their best work yet. Just last month they appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform the new single “Confidence.” The album was recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios, and largely inspired by the premature passing of Women guitarist, and touring member of The Dodos, Christopher Reimer. In his short time with the band, Reimer had a profound impact on their sound and it’s translated into an album full of fantastic guitar riffs and interplay.
For the new video “Confidence,” the band revisited their past video for “Companions,” which followed the band’s close friend Bo as the lead actor who rules the camera, completely in control of the entire situation. Being “one of the funniest dudes we know,” the band jumped at the opportunity to get him back in front of the camera. Only this time, the tables are turned and he is no longer in control. He’s chased relentlessly by an unwavering officer of the law. Playing into the theme of duality, the song itself has two distinct parts. It begins as a mid-tempo head bopper, until the video up the pace and becomes a frantic chase through city streets and onto an oceanfront beach. And the band has already promised that the cliffhanger ending leaves room for a third installment, so keep your eyes peeled!
It’s always a pleasure discovering new talent on the Polyvinyl roster, and The Dodos might be the best one yet! For more information contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at [email protected] . You can also visit www.PolyvinylRecords.com or www.DodosMusic.net for more info on The Dodos.
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