The San Francisco duo known for their aggressive acoustic and relentless heart pounding percussion lived up to their reputation at their Thursday night(May 23th) performance at Daegu’s Horus Music Garage. They are currently touring some parts of Asia promoting their latest album “Carrier” and Daegu was lucky enough to be one of their stops. With 5 albums under their belt they have a gradual increase in fan base all over the world. “The Dodos are known for using an alternate instrumental approach. Logan Kroeber plays on a drum kit without a bass drum, playing often on the rims of the drums, and also uses a tambourine taped to his shoe and Meric Long plays mainly acoustic and semi-acoustic guitars during performances.
I do know and love “The Dodos” music, but had never imagined I’d see them in concert so soon and by chance. As soon as I walked in I noticed Meric and Logan sitting in the smaller secluded (VIP) room with big glass windows, and later casually walking up and down the bar, setting up their stage performance with people barely noticing them. The authenticity is what I have come to respect about indie bands. They place more value on their craft above all and do it merely for the sincere love of it. Their fans know their music and might even rarely recognize them in person and that is why these type of shows, that don’t necessarily attract a very large audience are more appealing and more memorable.
The opening was by a Korean band called “picnic in the Rain” a four man band with a very obscure sound. Their music is what may come as a surprise to what expats have come to think of Korean artists, their music sound is similar to a lot of garage bands, which can sometimes be characterized by mellow to loud and over-powering bass. A great set nonetheless.
The Dodos sure did leave an unforgettable performance, their chemistry and connection as a duo gives them a very rare quality music execution. Their interaction with instruments is electrifying. They almost look like musical soul mates on stage. Despite the small venue and audience they still put on a great set performance coupled with flawless sound tech in a very intimate setting.
Daegu is a great city and hopefully we’ll get to experience an increase in the live music scene in the near future. The lack of regular live shows proves that there is a great gap that needs to be filled both for the live music loving crowd as well as provide more support and creative platforms for aspiring bands alike. If you’re a live music enthusiast, Bars like Horus and Urban downtown Daegu have regular live shows.
The music & arts collective SuperColorSuper (DIY Daegu)is to thank for the amazing experience. Check out their Facebook page for more exciting events in the future. If you missed WYE OAK and The Dodos be sure to catch “This will Destroy you” on the 6th of June in Daegu.
Daegu has just become Supercoloful~