Dopapod at Brooklyn Bowl X 2 [REVIEW]
Dopapod felt right at home last weekend as they closed out their Spring tour with a two night run at Brooklyn Bowl. I haven’t seen Dopapod in over a year and I was blown away with how this band has matured and developed. Only in their mid to late twenties, Dopapod has accomplished more than many bands do over their entire careers. I’ve been asked a few times what kind of music Dopapod plays and it’s always hard to pin down. I can really only describe Dopapod as… Dopapod-y…. with hints of progressive rock, jam, funk… an array of modern and classic styles that span many generations.
Teetering between complex arrangements and infectiously funky grooves, Dopapod’s total of 4 sets over spanned all parts of their discography. They played a heavily sampling of their new album Never Odd Or Even including “Present Ghosts,” “Upside of Down, Nerds,” “Picture in a Picture” and a nice selection of slightly older favorites like “Vol. #86” and “Weird Charlie.” And to reward those loyal enough to make it out to Brooklyn Bowl both nights, they opened the first night, ended the second night, and teased the crowd throughout with “French Bowling.” I could tell from their intertwining of different verses and chorus’s that Dopapod has been taking notes from their peer and previous touring partners, Umphrey’s McGee. Out of the more than 5 hours of Dopapod I enjoyed, my favorite part was the beginning of their second set on the second night, a funky jam through the Donkey Kong Theme -> FABA -> Bubble Brain.
Kung Fu’s Adrian Tramontano provided incredible percussion skills both nights and really rounded out the Dopapod sound in an extremely satisfying way. At one point he switched spots with Scotty Zwang and play a lengthy solo on the set. As always, we were treated two a great selection of covers, Cake’s Never There on the first night and Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter with vocalist Adam Zwang on the second night.
Catch Dopapod at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Il. this Memorial Day Weekend.
Photo Cred: Shaye Smith – Aspire to Inspire Photography