Closing out what may just have been their best tour yet, Dopapod rolled into New York for a two night stand at the local favorite Brooklyn Bowl. Although I‘ve had many memorable nights all centered around this band, there hasn’t been a show that’s left me feeling quite like their tour closing Saturday evening performance.
When it comes to an overall experience Dopapod delivers both musically and visually with insane precision from the moment they take the stage and this show was a perfect example of just that. Adding an extra layer of sound, guest percussionist, Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu), joined the band for the entire show and weekend. “My Elephant vs Your Elephant” got things started allowing Eli’s haunting moog to take center stage setting an early tone for the evening. The first set continued building steadily right into the unexpected cover of “No Quarter” that saw Adam Zwang, drummer Scotty’s brother, join in lending his powerful vocals. This was executed extremely well leaving smiles filling the room from stage to crowd throughout the remainder of the set.
The second set was the true monster with the combination of lights and music at times sending me into a trance-like state. Several times I remember looking up to the stage as a wave of percussion rolled out over the crowd thinking “Holy shit this is good.” Highlighted by a “Faba, Bubble Brain” combo that was possibly the best I have seen either song played to date. The crowd and band both seemed to simultaneously peak during the musical bliss of set- ending Trapper Keeper. Standing in the back of the room was the perfect spot for this as Luke Stratton displayed some of his most beautiful work of the evening illuminating the room in beautiful fashion. “Psycho Nature” into “French Bowling” was a fitting encore to close out the evening putting a final exclamation on both the evening and tour.
I came into this night having high expectations after hearing a good deal of their recent shows leading into the weekend and yet I was still blown away. The band as a whole seems to be firing on all cylinders, at just the right time rolling into what is a huge festival and summer season that will have the band out West for the first time, including a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Other stops include the band’s first time at Bonnaroo Music Festival as well as several late night romps at festivals such as High Sierra, Electric Forest and Mountain Jam. My personal favorite Catskill Chill Music Festival is also on the list and not only will they have their own set but a Special Studio 54 set with powerhouse Turkuaz that is billed as Dopakuaz. This has been an incredible year for the band and with a summer tour unlike any they have had before the future seems brighter than ever and I for one look forward to joining in on as much of the journey as possible.
Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller
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