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Dopapod album release tour to roll through The Stache

The Stache venue inside The Intersection hosts An Evening With Dopapod as the band prepares to release their new album, "Never Odd or Even."

Dopapod Members

Rob Compa - Guitar/Vocals

Eli Winderman - Keyboards/Vocals

Chuck Jones - Bass

Scotty Zwang - Drums

Luke Stratton - Sound/Lights

 

Album cover for Never Odd or Even

Album cover for Never Odd or Even /Courtesy of Dopapod

Band Photo

Band Photo /Courtesy of Dopapod

Show Poster

Show Poster /Courtesy of The Intersection

In the midst of an extensive fall tour, Boston-born band Dopapod travels to the The Stache on Sunday, October 19 for an evening of genre-defying jams. The tour comes through Grand Rapids in anticipation of the band’s fourth studio release, “Never Odd or Even,” which drops on November 11.

Dopapod is a hard-touring quartet, having gained a mass of followers by playing approximately 150 shows a year for the last four years. With all the time spent on stage together, the band has ample time to experiment with all of their different influences, which range from Pink Floyd to Steely Dan to Black Sabbath. They have high hopes that this diversity, and the release of “Never Odd or Even” will propel them even further in 2015.

“We really felt that the material this time around represented a big leap forward,” says guitarist and vocalist Rob Compa. “Not just in the way we’ve been interacting as a band, but in the way our focus has become sharper in paying attention to things like melody, theme, lyrical imagery, and structure – all the elements that make a great song.”

Determined to have that maturity translate in the studio, the band enlisted friend and producer Jason “Jocko” Randall to both engineer and produce the record.

“We lived at his studio for about a month for these sessions and it just clicked right away,” says keyboardist Eli Winderman. “Jocko immediately became another member of band in many ways. With his attitude and approach to the recording process, we were able to really dial in the sounds we wanted, get those perfect takes we were aiming for, and have a blast the whole way through.”

While there are only four members of Dopapod on stage, a big part of their live show comes from the sound and light man, Luke Stratton. His elaborate light setup, which includes a mini synth keyboard, allows Stratton to play along with the band.

“[My lighting style] is very interactive with the music, but also very interpretive of the music,” says Stratton. “I like to interpret lyrics and song titles and moods whenever I can—into the way that I play.”

Doors for the show are at 9pm.

For more information on Dopapod, check out their website. For tickets to the show, visit the Intersection box office or website

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