By Judah Schulte
October 24, 2018
Despite Venue being close to empty, powerhouse Prism Tats opened the show with a level of enthusiasm that could fill a stadium. He played a sort of minotaur music, half indie-rock and half dark wave. His voice and bright guitar tones carried melodies high above the heavy drums and grainy bass lines. Between prerecorded backtracks, several different vocal effects and cutting guitar work, the solo artist’s set lacked nothing.
When The Dodos began playing, the San Franciscan two-piece saw the room fill. The crowd was made of fans of varied ages—something you might expect from a band who’s been regularly producing work for over ten years—but the otherwise disparate people were connected through the lyrics which they sang, word for word, throughout the show. Their high-octane folk rock was performed with precision and energy.
The lighting flashed in time with drums, communicating the drama of the more progressive songs on Certainty Waves, their latest release. With a heavily mic’d drum set and expert guitar looping, the room reverberated during every song. Over the course of the setlist, vocalist and guitarist Meric Long cycled through four guitars, two acoustic and two electric, each offering a new mood. Logan Kroeber hit the drums with controlled aggression, standing up for half of “Forum” to get the reach needed to pull off his percussive acrobatics.
Commanding the attention of an audience is no easy feat for even a full band, but between the two of them and the mesmerized crowd, The Dodos proved that sometimes less is more.