Symmetry defines Dopapod. The band and each of itsseven albums sports a palindromic name, meaning it can be read the same forward as backward. More than that, balance has become the band’s modus operandi, with the group consciously juggling the darker tones of heavy rock with lighthearted humor; synthesizing tastes of funk, jazz, bluegrass,electronica,and more withintheir complex improvisational compositions. During live shows, Dopapod is known for taking fanson a full-out journey, guiding attendeesthroughperiods of frenzied dance contrastedwith moments of thoughtful contemplation.
Since forming at Berklee College Of Music in 2007, Dopapod—composed of Eli Winderman (keys and vocals), Rob Compa (guitar and vocals), Chuck Jones (bass), and Neal “Fro”Evans (drums)—has racked up an enviable list of accomplishments: a flourishing fanbase across the country, yearly show counts tallying into the hundreds, and high-profile appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, High Sierra, and more.Most recently, in fall of 2017, the group released Megagem, the band’s fifth studio album, which Glide Magazine called “simultaneously their most focused and thematically ambitious affair to date.”
Aftera successful decade together, Dopapodwent on a planned hiatusin 2018with the goal of restoring balance to the band.Explained Eli Winderman, “We have a fresh perspective on the whole thing—a different outlook on the band and on life. There’s a lot of renewed energy we’re feeling around it all.”
Energetically, the space allowed each member to rekindle their passion for the project and bringtheir long-standing friendships with one another back tothe forefront. With this time gifted to themselves, the grouphasalsointentionally reflected on their music, working together to reimagineold songsand revitalize live performances.
“We’re excited to come back and play these songs together again, to see if they can take on a new life,” Chuck Jones added. “After this year off, we’re not just going to be playing the same songs the same way we were five years ago.”
Now, with their hiatus winding to its end, Dopapod is preparing to make their triumphant return in 2019. OnApril27th, the bandwill return to the stage, performing a special comeback show at Port Chester, New York’s historic Capitol Theatre.Eager to show off the fruits of their hiatus, Dopapod is uniquely poised to celebrate the band’s pastaccomplishments and highlight their newfoundenergy as they look to the future.