The Dodos Play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday Night

September 8th, 2011

What’s made the Dodos compelling since the very beginning of the band’s career is Meric Long’s unusual rhythmic strumming and polyrhythmic percussion arrangements. Eventually the Dodos came together as a duo when Logan Kroeber joined Long, having met through a mutual friend in San Francisco. From a mostly metal background, Kroeber brought a contemporary-rock technique to these traditional foundations. What begins to sound suspiciously like math really comes from a recombination of older-than-classic elements. The drum, after the human voice, was surely the first instrument, and the ways to play it are as varied as the number of cultures on the planet. The Dodos (above, playing “Season” for Baeble Music) started from a difficult place, relying on just an acoustic guitar and a minimal drum kit, a few floor toms and a tambourine taped to Kroeber’s foot in place of a kick drum. But the lack of cymbals and guitar effects forced them to push their songs from the outset, and they’ve continued to expand on this basic premise on their latest album, No Color. See what the band does live when the Dodos play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday night. —Jason Dean