The Dodies Debut ‘Alien’ Video

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Independent rock band The Dodies debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Alien‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from the band’s debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride.  The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Sell Out‘ and its companion video in April.

The ‘Alien’ video is an animated work that is composed of what can only be described as very psychedelic imagery.  Some of that imagery can be considered unsettling, so some viewer discretion is advised.

Front man Yoni Avittan talked about the video’s creation in a recent interview.

“The day Bumblefoot first pushed us to make an animated video I thought “Uh f***, no way that’s gonna happen,” he said. “I don’t even know any animators I can trust.”  I felt bummed out about it, and I was also nervous because that same day I was trying to plan my girlfriend’s surprise birthday party. I had no idea what to buy her so I went over to my parent’s apartment to ask my Mom for help. She just happened to be in the right position to see an old drawing notebook that was covered under a pile of old novels, my dad bought it for me in high school but I never used it, she said “why don’t you just draw her a portrait?” that’s when I knew I was going to be the animator for the video.”

“I rushed over to one of the only “art shops” in our town in southern Israel,” added Avittan. “I was their last customer before the two-month shutdown, a lucky break. My girlfriend and I started developing the ideas for the video right after the shutdown started; we were convinced it would take a couple of weeks at first (lol), but it just kept developing. We began drawing and painting for hours almost every day, it nearly pushed our relationship to the brink, but she believes in the band and she’s a great artist. She did way more than she had to. So did our cameraman friend Eden Zemer. He could’ve taken a shitload of money for all the weeks he spent editing this, but he grew up with us and he always believed in what we did. The process ended up taking more than four months.”

Avvitan’s band mate, Ran Aronson added to the discussion.

“The last few months’ unfortunate events have given us a lot of unexpected free time,” he said. “So we decided to use that time and make something we had never attempted before – making an animated music video. At first, the song Alien may sound intense for the cartoons we created. But the more you watch the video, the more you realize it fits the song perfectly. Thanks to all the nuances we worked on for months, the final result accurately captures what The Dodies are all about. This is, without a doubt, the most ambitious video we have made.”

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to garage and punk rock fans with its aggressive guitars, drums and vocals, and production.  Its lyrical theme is a deeply introspective work, according to front man Yoni Avittan.

“I wrote Alien when I was a patient in one of southern Israel’s psychiatric departments,” Avittan said. “I would often refer to myself as an alien that speaks a different language and has a different understanding of things than humans do. I wrote the song in accordance with how I felt whether it was a “wrong” way of thinking or not. It was my truth and I wanted to stick to it with a sort of ‘fuck you, I’m depressed’ attitude. Although the lyrics are harsh and the instrumentation is aggressive, I did my best to keep the song melodic.”

One Hell of a Ride is available to stream and download here.  The album was co-produced by Avvitan, Aronson and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).

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The Dodies Debut ‘Sell Out’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock band The Dodies debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Sell Out‘ Wednesday.  The single is taken from the band’s debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride, which is scheduled for release today.

The video presents the song’s lyrics against the duo — Yoni Avittan and Ran Aronson — recording its music in studio and in live settings.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a unique garage – punk composition that will appeal to the noted audiences while its lyrical content will generate its own share of engagement and discussion among listeners.

Avittan talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“I wrote ‘Sell Out’ after our old band toured and back-lined with an Israeli pop star when we were teenagers,” he said.  “At the time, I didn’t really see it as selling out even though the whole projet was obviously more about money than music.  But as I grew older I was very ashamed of the matter and realized we were taken advantage of.  Many promises were made, none came to life.”

Avittan added, “Its hard defining what a sellout is, since some people take pride in what others might be deeply ashamed of.  Compromising my beliefs for a monetary satisfaction is selling out for me, but it’s hard understanding what my beliefs are in the first place.  Our beliefs surely have changed since our teens when we played for insensitive idiots.  One of the problems with social network today is that something you might not stand by when you come of age is still out there for people to see.  That’s at least one of the reasons “social networks tend to make me ill.”

Aronson expanaded on Avittan’s comments.

“To me, the inner conflict many artists have to face is what fuels ‘Sell Out,'” he said.  “Every time we play it I can feel the tension between two opposites.  It confronts a contradicting reality — authenticity against fakeness, aggression against vulnerability, fulfillment against repression.  We let it all out chaotically.”

‘Sell Out’ is the second single from The Dodies’ new album.  The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Boiling Point’ Feb. 21.

Avittan talked about that song’s lyrical theme in a previous interview.

“I wrote the song when I was really depressed and felt nervous about having no sexual interaction with any woman in my early twenties,” he said.  “I felt like I was in some sort of crossroads, like something drastic had to change in my life because I’m about to reach my boiling point.”

It’s One Hell of a Ride was co-produced by Avvitan, Aronson and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).

More information on The Dodies’ new single, video, upcoming live performance and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://thedodiesband.com

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The Dodies’ Latest LP Will Appeal To Emo, Garage, Punk Fans

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Independent rock band The Dodies will release its forthcoming album It’s One Hell of a Ride next month.

The duo — Yoni Avittan and Ran Aronson – is scheduled to release its new 13-song record April 24.  The record’s musical arrangements will appeal to fans of the punk, garage and stoner rock genres.  Its often bleak lyrical themes are certain to appeal to fans of the emo genre, many of whom are also part of the punk and garage rock fan base.  Of course not all of this 42-minute record falls into that mold.  The record’s opener and lead single ‘Boiling Point’ supports that statement.  It will be addressed shortly.  The brooding ‘Suleyman,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another standout addition to the record.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Goodbyes,’ the record’s closer, is one of the most notable of the record’s songs.  It will also be discussed later.  Keeping that song in mind along with the other two noted here, this record proves to be a presentation that is worth at least one listen.

The Dodies’ new album It’s One Hell of a Ride is an interesting offering from the Israeli duo.  It is a work that will appeal to a very targeted audience base, as is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content.  The album’s opener and lead single ‘Boiling Point’ is just one of the songs that serves t support the noted statements.  The song’s musical arrangement instantly lends itself to a comparison to music from The Darkness and Royal Blood.  That is especially the case in the song’s chorus as Avittan hits his high notes.  He sounds just like The Darkness’ front man in those moments.  The song’s manic energy serves well to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical content, which Avittan recently discussed in an interview about the song.

“I wrote the song when I was really depressed and felt nervous about having no sexual interaction with any woman in my early twenties,” he said.  “I felt like I was in some sort of crossroads, like something drastic had to change in my life because I’m about to reach my boiling point.”

Avittan writes in the song’s lead verse, “I’m surprised that I’m so surprised/I love my TV/But it’s filled with lies/I don’t know where to go from here/If I don’t get lucky/Then it’s off the pier/Nothing wrong with being a bum/I’m not condescending/You’re just dumb/I forgot what my grandpa said/But I know I puked in my empty bed.”  He adds in the song’s second verse, “I don’t want to smile again/’Cause I know I’ll blink and it’ll suddenly end/I must say that it’s quite bizarre/That I get no p**** and I play guitar/See fumes of loneliness gushing out of me/Never do my best to try and fix it up/’Cause I think I drove too far to stop.”  He concludes in the song’s third verse, “Sorry if I disappoint/I’m about to reach my boiling point/Phony smile and a wave goodbye/I don’t’ wanna live/I don’t wanna die/That’s one fine comfort zone/Would you like to trade?/I can’t stand my one/Don’t ask me/I don’t know/But we might as well/Just give ‘em a show.”  Avvitan’s frustrations are such that especially plenty of young male listeners will connect with his words and with the energy in the song’s musical arrangement.  That ability to connect with listeners (albeit targeted listeners) with the song’s infectious arrangement and relatable lyrical content is just one example of what makes this LP worth at least one listen.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Sulyeman’ is another intriguing addition to the album.

‘Suleyman’ is a stark contrast to ‘Boiling Point’ in its musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  The song’s musical arrangement starts out in very brooding fashion before building into a distinct stoner rock approach with its fuzzed guitar sound and heavy drums set against the duo’s vocal delivery.  It definitely stands out to this end, against the rest of the album’s entries.  It’s just one part of what makes the song so intriguing.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own share of interest to its presentation.

Considering that the members of The Dodies are from Israel (The Middle East), the first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the song centers on the infamous Islamic leader Suleyman.  For those who might not know the history, Suleyman was an Ottoman Sultan.  During the course of his life, Suleyman waged war against Christians in Europe and the Mediterranean.  He also led the way in making reforms in law, education and taxation.  Not only that, but Suleyman was also renowned for protecting Jewish residents who lived within the Ottoman Empire.  Considering that much of Israel is populated by Jews, it would make sense that The Dodies’ work here would, in turn, be focused on him and his rule.  Of course, that is all this critic’s interpretation, and could be wholly incorrect.  Hopefully it is somewhere near being correct.  There is no direct mention made of the legendary ruler at any point in the song, again leading one to wonder.  Regardless of right or wrong, the very possibility and the discussion that is certain to ensue from that possibility is in itself reason for audiences to take in this song.  Keeping this in mind, it’s one more way in which It’s One Hell of a Ride proves an interesting offering from The Dodies.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  The record’s closer, ‘Goodbyes’ is another important addition to the album.

‘Goodbyes’ stands out because it is musically another piece that is unlike all of the emo-style works that make up so much of the record’s body.  Yes, it is an emotional work in its simplicity, but at the same time, it is not one of those downer, oh-woe-is-me type works.  It is just one guitar and one person singing.  And when joined with the song’s lyrical content, which focuses on the difficulty of saying goodbye, it becomes all the more powerful and moving.

Avittan points out in the song’s final line that the song is about saying goodbye not in relation to death or a broken relationship, but about going out into the world, saying goodbye to everything and everyone that one has known and heading out into the unknown.  He sings in the lead verse, “Auf widersehen/You were a great friend/You now as well that I can’t pretend/Gotta head out and see the big world/So many people from so many homes/I’m not that good at saying goodbyes/Maybe it’s ‘cause you can see through my lies/not gonna cry/It’s the sun in my eyes/I’m not that good at saying goodbye.”  He adds in the song’s second verse, “Maybe I’ll slip and slowly decay/Maybe you’ll see me on TV someday/Those are big words/But I’ve got to say/Anything’s better than having to stay.  I’m not that good at saying goodbyes/Picking a fight, so you won’t see me cry/I already said it’s the sun in my eyes/I’m not that good at saying goodbyes.”  He goes so far as to add in the song’s final lines, “Send my goodbyes to mom and dad/Yeah/I know they’ve never been that proud/But I’ve got to go and find my way.”  Some might say addressing the matter of coming of age and learning about becoming one’s own person is cliché.  Maybe it is.  But the way in which the matter is addressed here is anything but cliché.  It is in fact, very positive and is certain to connect with plenty of listeners.  When the whole of this work is considered along with the impact of the other two noted songs and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album becomes a presentation that audiences will find worth at least one listen.

The Dodies’ new forthcoming LP It’s One Hell of a Ride is an intriguing offering for audiences who are perhaps not overly familiar with the duo’s work.  Composed largely of musical and lyrical content that will appeal to fans of the emo, garage and punk realms, the album also presents some more personal content, as noted throughout this review.  Between the songs noted here and those not addressed, the album in whole proves to be worth at least one chance.  It’s One Hell of a Ride will be available independently from The Dodies April 24.  More information on the album is available online along with the duo’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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The Dodies To Perform Live Next Week; Band Debuts Video For New LP’s Lead Single

Independent stoner rock outfit The Dodies will be in the Middle East next week.

The performance, scheduled to take place March 5 in Israel, is in support of the duo’s forthcoming album It’s One Hell of a Ride, which is scheduled for release April 24.  Along with its forthcoming performance, the duo debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Boiling Point’ Feb. 21.

The video pits the duo — Yoni Avvitan and Ran Aronson — on a sound stage performing its new song against a video screen that plays a variety of images behind the men.  The song’s musical arrangement immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from The Darkness.  The song’s lyrical content was personal, according to Avvitan.

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“I wrote the song when I was really depressed and felt nervous about having no sexual interaction with any woman in my early twenties,” he said.  “I felt like I was in some sort of crossroads, like something drastic had to change in my life because I’m about to reach my boiling point.”

Aronson, in talking about the video, said, “We always through ‘Boiling Point’ needed a southern style video, but producing the clip in Israel forced us to be creative.  The result is this self-aware humoristic wacky thing, which we’re way proud of.”

It’s One Hell of a Ride was co-produced by Avvitan, Aronson and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).

More information on The Dodies’ new single, video, upcoming live performance and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://thedodiesband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedodiesband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thedodiesband

 

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