Doctor Doom Orchestra (DDO) is an eight piece Hip Hop/Reggae/Rock band out of Boston, Massachusetts. The band first took shape in 2005 at UMass Amherst under the name Covalence. (Lucas Batten, Andrew Simpson, Patrick Hurley, and Pete Doom as a guest vocalist). DDO's metamorphosis continued in 2009 with the Boston based project known as Doctors of Flight (Pete, Jess Markey, Dan Fassett, Andrew, and Luke). At the conclusion of summer 2010 The Doctor Doom Orchestra was born. DDO hit the ground running with the return of Patrick Hurley to guitar and the addition of saxophonist David Pratt and vocalist Andrea Tavares.
DDO’s diverse sound blends several genres including reggae, hip hop, funk, soul, and jazz all over an often heavy rock groove. The drums and bass mix like rebar and concrete providing a solid platform for the guitar's riffs and chops. Adding yet another layer, the horn section’s bright and vibrant sound mixes with the eclectic energetic styling’s of 'Dr. DOOM' himself, Dan Fassett. Beyond instrumental musicianship, DDO offers unique vocals that combine smooth and soulful R & B, raspy rock, and conscious to the point raps.
Their instrumentation & musical arrangements build a mesh of sounds that thrills a wide and varied audience. Indeed, DDO's seemingly effortless genres crossover creates a unique hook that will appeal to any music lover.
Pete - Rap Vocals
Patrick - Electric Guitar & Vocals
Andrea - Vocals
Jess - Trumpet
Dan - Harmonica, Fiddle, & Backing Vocals
Dave - Saxaphone
Andrew - Bass
Luke - Percussion
Off The Ground EP - 2011
Noisy Neighbors - New sounds from close to home
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Exuberance and a polyglot mix of horn-driven ska, hip-hop rhymes, and an old-fashioned guitar solo o...Exuberance and a polyglot mix of horn-driven ska, hip-hop rhymes, and an old-fashioned guitar solo or two drive this Boston eight-piece formerly known as Doctors of Flight. Now reborn with a darker moniker, but no less upbeat disposition, Doctor Doom Orchestra delivers an impressively self-assured debut EP that clocks in at seven tracks and nearly as many stylistic touchstones.
While none of it will sound groundbreaking to anyone familiar with the myriad jam-rock and third wave ska syntheses that took hold in the ’90s, the group’s fast-fire raps, bright instrumentation and tight arrangements, and sturdy yet elastic sense of melody spark standout tracks like “Deep in the Green’’ and “Spin the World.’’ Also not insignificant to the outfit’s growing appeal as a live act is its array of male/female voices that are as texturally diverse — smooth, rugged, soaring — as they are strong and soulful.
Less punk and more funk-fueled than local luminaries like Bim Skala Bim, the Allstonians, or the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Doctor Doom’s sonic arsenal should — like the legendary comic book villain its named after — wreak havoc on an unsuspecting dance floor. But then, we’ve always been Marvel comics guys.