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Dopapod with Yak Attack

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
March 14, 2023 - 8:00pm

On Tuesday, March 14, The Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Dopapod to the WOW Hall with special guests Yak Attack.

Dopapod

Music resides in the fourth dimension unaffected by the constraints and restrictions of this mortal coil. Instead, it occupies the ether, affecting us emotionally, physically, and spiritually without concrete form or shape. As such, Dopapod access a heightened level of cosmic harmony in their music. The quartet—Eli Winderman [keys, vocals], Rob Compa [guitar, vocals], Chuck Jones [bass], and Neal “Fro” Evans [drums]—present albums as experiences meant to be shared out of your speakers and on stage. After generating millions of streams, packing shows coast-to-coast, and earning acclaim from Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Glide Magazine, and more, the group architect an immersive and expansive vision on their self-titled seventh full-length offering, Dopapod.  “At the end of the day, we hope we represent being yourself, being unique, and trying to do something new,” exclaims Eli. “If everyone does that, I think the world would be a much more interesting place all around.”  Dopapod have definitely done their fair share to make the world more interesting…  The group’s hypnotic hybrid of funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and electronica bloomed brilliantly on 2009’s Radar, and it continued to blossom on the likes of Never Odd Or Even [2014] and Megagem [2017]. Along the way, fan favorites such as “Present Ghosts” reeled in 2.4 million Spotify streams and counting. 2019’s Emit Time arrived to acclaim from Guitar World, Relix, Glide, Jambase, and more. Simultaneously, they sold out headline gigs and graced the bills of Electric Forest, Summer Camp, High Sierra, and Bonnaroo where Rolling Stone named them among the festival’s “best kept secrets.” After a marathon near-decade run, they enjoyed an almost year-long hiatus to realign and reenergize before reuniting with a new fire during 2019 and partaking in something of a “soft return.”  The guys agreed, “Taking the break felt like a necessary step for everybody to just step back and zoom out. It’s definitely a new chapter, because it allowed us to redefine our endeavor and carry on with a lot of new energy. It was a restorative thing and helped us move forward. It wasn’t even really spoken, but more like, ‘We’re back on track’.”  Throughout 2019, the boys performed select shows as they assembled what would become Dopapod in Syracuse, NY. However, the road shutdown in the face of the Global Pandemic. So, they spent the time off wisely, using it to perfect the music.  They also picked up the threads of a loose “concept catalog” first introduced on Never Odd Or Even  “We check in on this conceptual theme of time travel every once in a while,” reveals Rob. “It’s peppered on songs throughout a bunch of our albums. The storyline goes all over the place as far as the band timeline. It’s on different records from various years, but it works perfectly.”  “In addition to tracks about time travel, we have songs about being in the present moment on every project,” continues Eli. “Those concepts are opposites. However, they’re like a binary pair—similar to Dopapod, which is a palindrome. It’s a symmetrical word, and the songs play with themes of left-right and right-wrong.”  They add yet another dimension to the music this time by including an actual board game as part of the vinyl’s gatefold. It further explores the theme of time travel through a retrospective journey through the band’s discography. To bring this to life, they conceptualized, designed, created, and tested the game with former tour manager, lighting director, and sound engineer Luke Stratton. Players follow a wormhole through time and arrive at Dopapod. They chose to self-title their seventh offering as a totem to the fact they’ve realized their full potential in terms of music and vision.  “It’s genuinely four-dimensional,” observes Neal. “You can hang out with your friends and play the game or play it alone. A lot of people don’t sit around and enjoy each other’s company like this anymore. We’re often just watching screens, so it’s cool to turn Dopapod into something more than just an album.”  After initially teasing Dopapod with “Think,” the single “Grow” rides an intergalactic groove punctuated by a head-nodding bassline, slick guitar, simmering cymbals, and smooth vocals.  “The lyric ‘big things have small beginnings’ is from the movie Prometheus,” notes Eli. “Microscopic particles are the start of life. This is how we evolve. The song could be about a character time traveling back to the Big Bang.”  “Black Holes” dives into the embrace of frenetic riffs and keys as Eli sings, “All for one and for all. You’ll never fly ‘till you learn to fall.” He elaborates, “The song continues the theme where you’re falling into black holes.”  The distorted groove of the instrumental “Building A Time Machine” dissolves into theatrical piano and off-kilter harmonics.  “In theory, this is the song where the album’s story is made possible,” the frontman explains. “We’re creating the time machine here and can travel back.”  Then, there’s “Fannie.” The guys originally crafted the song on an acoustic guitar at a campsite in Colorado. It stuck around and organically morphed into a personal favorite for the band.  “Between Eli and I, this nice alchemy happens,” Rob goes on. “We leaned on the groove, and the lyrics sounded phonetically cool, so it all worked together.”  The album culminates on the upbeat “Time Is Funny.” Swaggering organ undercuts hummable melodies with lyrics inspired by Tim and Eric.  “We’re big Phish fans, so I wanted to get it out of my system and write something unapologetically influenced by them,” adds Rob. “As far as the thematic element goes, the time traveler recognizes the irresponsibility of even inventing a time machine in the first place and thinks, ‘This is a really bad idea!’”  Offering the deepest experience yet, Dopapod also collaborated with Tandem media on an accompanying animation project, pairing each track with a visualizer to translate the core messages on screen. These animated loops encourage further immersion, unspooling the threads of a larger cohesive mystery. It can of course be absorbed track by track or in its entirety. As always, there’s more to Dopapod’s vision with the board game, animation, and union of the physical and digital elements.  Ultimately as they continue touring and releasing music, Dopapod share an important message.  “It all comes down to being satisfied with where you are and that you’re enough,” Eli leaves off. “No matter what state you’re in, it’s going to evolve and change. If you’re really sad, know it’s going to turn around. If you’re depressed, the storm system will pass with the blue sky behind it. Keep going.”

 

Yak Attack

 

Yak Attack is a live electronica power trio from Portland Oregon. Founded in 2013, the band has experienced steady growth over the past few years and has been building buzz by touring frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and the Mountain West. The group's music is best described as "organic electronica", using skillful playing, live loops, and tightly constructed songs combined with raw improvisation to build high-energy and uplifting dance music from scratch, where every note is played and recorded live. The band draws on influences from a wide spectrum of electronica, such as house, drum and bass, and breakbeat, along with elements of jam, funk, and jazz. The result is a live show that is musically sophisticated but widely accessible, with a diverse and engaged fanbase that travels to out of town shows and continually returns to see what the band will do in its next live show.

Yak Attack was founded when Dave Dernovsek (keys), a Colorado/New York transplant with a competitive classical piano background, met Rowan Cobb (bass), who was building a name for himself in the Portland live music scene as a founding member of numerous successful touring bands. The two shared an interest in creating a livetronica project - Dave had been experimenting with various loop-based setups for years, and Rowan's prior electronic band, Alpaca!, had just broken up. The two met Nick Werth (drums) at one of the group's early shows. Nick had quickly built his musical reputation from his stellar abilities at the drum set, as well as his family connection to the band Snarky Puppy (his brother Nate plays percussion in that group, and Nick currently plays in Ghost Note, featuring Nate and Sput among other Snarky members). Initially a fan of the band, Nick was touring full time with local legend Scott Pemberton's band, but found time to guest on percussion and xylosynth at various Yak Attack shows, laying down some tracks on the band's first album, Real World Conditions, which was released in 2015. With the departure of the group's original drummer in early 2016, Rowan and Dave asked Nick to take the drum set full time, and the current Yak Attack lineup was born.

Yak Attack has performed at summer festivals such as Treefort Fest, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Guitarfish, Northwest String Summit, Apple Jam, and Contour Music Festival. The band has also established itself as a strong afterparty band with capacity late night shows following acts such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Sound Tribe Sector 9. They have shared the stage with many established or up and coming acts such as Juno What?, TAUK, Turkuaz, The Magic Beans, Break Science, Funk Hunters, YAMN, Fruition, World's Finest, and Acorn Project. The band continues to ramp up its tour schedule and looks forward to bringing its unique dance party to a venue near you.


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