Baltimore’s Dope Body bring their noisy, bloozy swagger upstairs at Whelan’s on Saturday 12th September
For fans of the toe-tapping racket dished out by the likes of Rye Coalition and such, this Drag City act are coming to Dublin in September all the way from Bodymore, Murderland to scratch your itch, like:
A frenzied convergence of post-punk danceability and noise rock abrasiveness, Dope Body’s sound straddles that fine line between a tightly packed dancefloor and a mosh pit. Evoking some kind of fantasy world where the Jesus Lizard cover Gang of Four while playing through a blown-out PA system, the Baltimore, Maryland quartet of Andrew Laumann, David Jacober, Zachary Utz, and John Jones have been running their influences through a sonic blender since 2008. Since their inception, the band have managed to rack up an impressive discography in a short time, starting with the 2009 EP 20 Pound Brick, which was released on Watercolor. They followed up with the split EP (with Orphan) Self Entitled through Black Tent Press in 2010 before making their full-length debut the following year with Nupping. Dope Body’s years of basement and eardrum destruction eventually paid off in 2012 when they hooked up with indie giant Drag City to release their second full-length, Natural History. After relentless touring, the band followed up in 2014 with Lifer.
As yours truly wrote earlier this year, Dope Body “know their way around a pedal board, and must have used a trunk-load of ’em on Lifer (Drag City), a record that careens between stomping singalong affairs and ’70s Stones-nodding, Scratch Acid-tripping ragers.” So there you have it.
Dope Body Whelan’s (Upstairs), Wexford Street, Dublin 2 September 12th 2015 Doors 8pm Tickets priced €10.00 + booking fee on sale now via WAV