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"Dopapod Brings it Downstairs"

Dopapod’s got the chops to carry the party. These guys can shape just about anything into a wicked pulse. Soulive resonates loudly throughout the foursome’s wide attack. So does Funkadelic and Primus. Witty instrumentation (a la Zappa) crossed with trance tangents makes this a sound jam-lovers will take to. If any Boston-bred group has a shot at making it on the golden road, this just might be the one. Instrumentals are the weapons of choice, but Dopapod is starting to sing more. Hell, last time around they conquered all of the ups and downs of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I’d say if you can pull that one off you have the ammo to make just about anything work. - My Secret Boston

"LIVE REVIEW- Dopapod @ Paradise Rock Club 10.7.10 Performer Magazine December 2010"

The newly renovated Paradise Rock Club was packed to the gills as countless whistles, screams and chants of “Dopapod” filled the venue. The genre bending trance, funk/experimental band Dopapod has been expanding their musical ability with every passing show, and their raw energy and vitality were tangible right from the beginning. They kicked the night off with the strange, experimental bewilderment of “Nuggy Jawson,” sending the crowd into an immediate frenzy.
Dopapod creates memorable and rich melodies in their intensely dynamic songs, while still leaving plenty of room for improvisation. You will never experience a dull moment during one of their shows. In each number, the best parts are the slow builds that are then driven into heart pounding jams of ferociously fast rolls, swells and explosions. Dopapod delivers consistently energetic live performances that get the crowd dancing the entire night. As guitarist Rob Compa virtually lifts the notes off his guitar neck with incredible speed, keyboardist Eli Winderman bursts into a fierce array of piano wiz- ardry. Bassist Chuck Jones adds his unconventional talent with intense and unique playing. Drummer Neil “fro” Evans brings it all together with hard- hitting beats and intricate fills.
Every note they play holds a hypnotic and transcendent grip on their listeners. Known for their dynamic creativity, their music consists of remarkably brilliant complexities. During the show they surprised the audience with an outstanding performance of “Groundhogs Day” by Primus. They also played some new material, which was met with cheers and applause, until ending the night with an impressive
cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Their sound is among
the most thrilling in the psychedelic scene today. With
a bright future ahead of them, Dopapod is destined to
blow the doors off of any venue.

-Kristen DeTroia
Performer Magazine - Performer Magazine

"Wed. Nov 17th 2010 at Rye Bar-Show Review"

Wednesday, Nov. 17 @ Rye Bar
With origins playing basement parties throughout the Boston area, it’s little wonder this bean-town posse performed back-to-back gigs at Athens’ underground venue on Nov. 16 and 17. Within minutes of kicking off the first set on Wednesday night, guests steadily trickled in and three songs deep, the likeness of a basement party emerged.

Marking its third visit to Athens since forming three years ago, this palindrome-branded foursome consists of keyboardist Eli Winderman, drummer Neal Evans, guitarist Rob Compa and bassist Chuck Jones. Performing mostly original instrumental, funk and rock-infused tunes, Dopapod offered diverse sets by at times centering its sound around funk-laden keyboard jams as in “Bats In the Cave,” in contrast to songs featuring a more dynamic interplay with Compa’s guitar riffs like in “Turnin’ Knobs.” Rhythmic bass and drum lines helped fuse it all together. The performance of “Black & White” was particularly memorable, with a tightly executed, drastic time change, accentuated with a space odyssey-esque melody toward the end. Word has it, and as seen on Youtube, Perpetual Groove bassist Adam Perry sat in for a song on Tuesday night. If you have approximately 11 minutes to spare check it out.

There were no surprise guests on Wednesday evening, but the party was slightly larger according to sources. The rowdiest moment by far war during the “Oy’s” of the band’s cover of AC/DC’s “TNT.” With the exception of this piece, sounding much like the recorded version, Dopapod brought its own interpretation and flavor to the few additional covers performed, including Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” with innovative play on the keys and Primus’ “Too Many Puppies,” putting strong emphasis on a heavier bass line. The audience delight was apparent as one enthusiast yelled “encore” two songs too early. Perhaps he just felt like a shout. The band responded in kind, with the aptly named “Happy Song” calling for crowd participation in the form of screams after such-and-such a cue. Shortly after, the audience was beckoned for input on the encore, of either funk or rock. Evenly split based on the applause-o-meter, with the exception of one blue grass hold out, funk won. The only disappointment seemed to be when the two-night span consisting of long sets and short breaks, came to its conclusion during the wee hours of Thursday morning.
- Flagpole Magazine (Athens GA)

"Trust me when I say that this is the most talented group of musicians out there today"

I had to get this video up on this website as soon as possible. I was blown the fuck away when I herd and watched this video from one of Dopapod’s recent festivals they played at. I’m working on an article for this group so it will be up on the site soon. for now Watch the hell out of this and enjoy! - Kristin DeTroia

"Dopapod- Ranchin' around The Big Up festival"

Over the years, I have seen Dopapod play multiple house parties and venues in the Allston/Brighton area. Their Friday afternoon set on the Big Up Stage would be my first time showing them love at a music festival. With their first full length album release, Radar, the Berklee alums have stepped up their game both in the studio and on stage. Due to a 2 pm time slot, there wasn’t much of a crowd when their set began. But I assure you, by mid-set the main stage field was moving like a Mason jar filled with fireflies hopped up on funky grooves. As he sits behind his Moog Prodigy and beloved Fender Rhodes, Eli Winderman knows he’s gonna light the festival up with his double jointed wrists. A smirk forms below his white Wayfarers as he sways to the nasty beat laid down by bassist Chuck Jones and new drummer Neal “Fro” Evans.

Often the biggest highlight of a Dopapod set is their choice of a cover song. I have seen them do justice to Modest Mouse, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Nirvana and Daft Punk. “You know Dopapod really likes to do medleys of bands,” Winderman said, “ I think you guys will enjoy this one and be able to tell who the band is right away.” The Big Up was not ready for the unreal (7:30) Led Zeppelin medley (Kasmir>Black Dog>Good Times Bad Times>Immigrant Song>BlackDog>Stairway to Heaven>The Ocean). Rob Compa’s impeccable shredding skills are a sight to see as he scales his fretboard ambitiously. I think he does Anatasio, Santana and his other idols proud, and I have complete faith in his ability to lead or let Eli throw it down. -

"D.O.P.A.P.O.D! Creates Well-Rounded Tunes and Fresh Palindromes with ‘RADAR’ | LostInSound"

Dopapod has made quite the noise around the Allston/Brighton Boston basement scene, but in my eyes they bring much more to the table than your average feel-good house party band. Even after seeing them play a couple shows in the area my eyes hadn’t truly been opened to their sound until the talented keyboardist, Eli, handed me their first full length recording. The cleverly entitled ‘Radar’ is a palindrome itself, taking after the bands name. It’s a witty title yes, but the music is what makes this album worthwhile. It really shows the growth and maturity you would deem necessary to consider this band a worthy recipient of your time and money, as well as a leading member of the jam-funk-blues-dance-trance community.

The band started out as a duo, with Eli (synth, organ, & piano) & Michelangelo (drums) meeting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The two started jamming, which turned into writing, which easily transformed into the live setting-which, as I’ve mentioned before, is Dopapod’s encapsulating factor. In March of 2008, the two realized their potential, yet they needed to expand their sound, so in came guitarist Rob Compa. They performed as a trio for a while with guests coming on in each live show to add tasteful instruments as they pleased. They funked out basements, bars, and even the infamous “Headyfest” based out of Oneonta, NY, and acquired some live recordings. But that still wasn’t enough. With all the experience they earned and different instruments they experimented with, it was time to implement a permanent lineup. The official 5 person band consisted of Eli Winderman on Hammond Organ, Piano, Fender Rhodes, and Synthesizer, Michelangelo Carubba on Drums, Rob Compa on Guitar, Chuck Jones on Bass, and Neal “Fro” Evans on Percussion. Now with a full arsenal of band members and an array of live shows under their belts, the only thing left was a full length debut.

‘Radar’ catches your ear’s attention in so many ways, yet does it so subtly. The first few listens, I put the album on as background music while I was getting some work done and killing time in my room – as per usual with any new CD I get. However, I found myself forgetting what I was listening to and constantly re-opening the iTunes to see what had came on next, and sure enough it was still Dopapod. Now I’ve come across this type of recording before, and have never found it extremely effective because of the lack of cohesiveness that it displays. However, Dopapod does it well and it keeps me interested. The songs are all over the place, ranging from funky jams, blues dance jams, and instrumental jams. And that’s the keyword, JAM. All of the cuts on the CD sound like straight up jams yet on average each song only clocks in between 4 – 5 minutes.

To get an idea of what I believe epitomizes Dopapod’s signature sound, I’d suggest listening to the opener “Indian Grits” and the fifth song “Bet on Tales”. “Bet on Tales” is also the only song to feature vocals, and it works well. The vocalist Dave Brandwine (courtesy of Galaxy Smith) has a white boy reggae vibe similar to another Boston-bred band, IlaMawana. The drumming fits nicely into the track where Michelangelo’s snare is high resonating and piccolo sounding – perfectly backing the blaring Tenor Sax, provided by Timo Shanko. As a whole I get the feeling that before the synthesizers kick in, the songs usually sound gritty and southern funk influenced, with some tight crisp drumming and slow drawn out guitar. Then, it’s time for the finisher – Eli’s masterful organ and synth work – never letting either hand take a rest. This is especially apparent now that they have a full time bassist relieving Eli of his left hand down-low work. On the other hand, sometimes the organs take the back burner and let Rob do the talking with his blues guitar-which brings in the Southern influences I was talking about. This is especially true in the track, “Brookline Bridge”,-paying homage to their hometown roots. Then they pick up the pace a little bit with the Biscuits-esque “Ellemenno”. And yes, that applies to sounding almost like the Disco Biscuits. Not in the-”I take drugs and space out for 20minutes Biscuits”-but in the happy goofy jolly Disco Biscuits where Magner isn’t intently staring & drooling over his keys, rather keeping it lighthearted, quick, and upbeat acting as a lead synth whirling and twirling around with a tremolo wheel. Finishing up the CD comes the last two tracks “We Are Not Alone” & “Royce Road”. “Not Alone” comes as the longest song on the CD and in my ears almost plays as a ballad. It presents a beautiful sounding piano and features all sorts of special guests, such as a Baritone Sax, Violins, Flute, an extra Synth and various sound effects. The melody in it sounds like something [epic] I’ve heard before yet I can’t quite put my finger on it. The closing track, “Royce Road” sounds appropriately like a song that would be playing during the closing credits of a couples tropical island vacation movie.

Overall, as you might be able to tell, I thoroughly enjoy this CD and think it is well worth everybody’s time. I’ve heard some people say in the past that they liked Dopapod but they didn’t feel that they had anything that truly separated them from what’s been done before. However, the new album does nothing but disprove that. It keeps you interested and has a little something in store for everyone. The drumming is constantly keepin’ it movin’ (neva gunna stop) with an extremely tight dance beat, something the UseYourHead crew loves all too much. And to play to the other side of that, a friend of mine even said he thought My Morning Jacket had come onto his iPod when in fact, it was still RadaR. Another aspect that makes it enjoyable is how well it’s mastered and mixed. Each song has the perfect levels, never letting any one instrument take over the entire CD. Those respects can be paid to Craig Welsh over at Hillside Sound in Boston. Yet as their fans are aware of, their live show and recordings can be completely different at times, so I only suggest for you to come to 20 Pratt on Friday, December 4th for the Future Rock AFTER RAGE feat. DOPAPOD!!! Until then, here is an exclusive LiS interview, some tracks, & live archived recording! ENJOI!

Last time I saw you guys you were a 3 piece with your bassist filling in for live shows. Now it seems you are permanent 5 piece. Can you explain that transformation into the 5 piece and what instruments do you guys each use? Do you still bring guest musicians – such as a sax – in for live shows?

The band initially started as a duo with Eli (organ) and Michelangelo (drums). After playing shows with just organ and drums for about a year, we decided to add Rob on guitar after he sat in with us at a gig. The chemistry was undeniable, so we went with it. We went on touring like that for a couple months until we decided to add Chuck on the bass. He helps really round out the sound and it also frees up Eli from playing bass with his left hand. Soon after, we added Neal to the mix to layer percussion over the sound. We’ve been touring with this configuration recently and it seems to be working. We’ve been lucky enough to work with saxophonist Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive), as well as saxophonist Timo Shanko ( and Special Sauce, B3 Kings) as well. We always love having special guests with the band.

From what I’ve listened to so far from Radar, the tracks are multi faceted and don’t just stick to the funky jazz dance influenced live shows I’ve seen you play. Do you have different attitudes towards both, and how would you classify Dopapod’s sound?

For our albums, we take it as an opportunity to play many different genres. We know that our listeners are generally listening to it while driving, on the train, etc. This is a great opportunity to play ballads or songs more on the progressive side. For live shows, we’ve learned what people are really trying to get out of a live performance. We try to get the crowd dancing and having fun first and foremost. I guess we would classify our sound as instrumental funk trance dance music.

I know some of you guys are Berklee students, here in Boston. Has the whole band studied there, and do you see yourselves continue to homebase in Boston over the next couple of years?

The whole band studied at Berklee at one time. Were all finished now though. We didn’t all finish, but Berklee really helped us develop into the musicians we are today. Were most likely moving to Brooklyn in the fall of 2010.

I’ve heard all sorts of live covers from you guys that aren’t your typical party jams, yet I’m always more than impressed and enjoy the tasteful style you guys put into it. Can we get a list of some of your favorite or “go-to” covers you guys perform? Do you have any recordings you’d like to share?

We love covering lots of different tunes. Some go to covers include Radiohead’s National Anthem, and Nirvana’s In Bloom. We’ve also covered Fixing a Hole by The Beatles. We keep tunes like MMW’s Chank and Ain’t it Funky by James Brown in our back pocket for shows.

So once Radar came out you guys probably felt it was a good time to put a full tour into affect. Can you describe how that experience was and what a tour of that nature brought to the table?

We recently got back from a 20 date tour from Burlington VT to Atlanta GA in support of our debut album ‘Radar’. It was our first tour of that kind of duration, and it was a blast. We ended up coming out on top financially which is really tough to do these days. We were able to make it without any hotels thanks to some old and new friends. We toured the south with a great band called Josh Phillips Folk Festival from Asheville NC. Josh used to sing in Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band, and other members also play in a great band called Laura Reed and Deep Pocket. We got to take a tour of the Moog Factory and demo the new gear they’re releasing. Overall it was just a great experience.

What are Dopapod’s plans for the near future? Any new recordings popping up or big plans for next summer? (i.e. festivals, tours, etc.)

Our plans for the future are to basically keep writing new material to keep it fun for you and us, and also hopefully play as many festivals as we can this summer. We love playing house parties and festivals more than anything. We’ll probably start recording our next album this spring as well as a spring tour hopefully down to New Orleans. -

"Album review from Performer Magazine- December '09"

"Exquisite musicianship and a freaky, but fun waterslide into funkytown"

Boston, MA

Recorded and mixed by Craig Welsch; additional recording by Noah Schy and Darren McGrath//
Produced by Dopapod

Images of Mars and track names like "Eight Years Ended" and "We Are Not Alone" adorn this CD of a band that has been, up until this point, alien to music distribution. This is the quasi-experimental funk group's first album. Armed with distorted female laughs and a queer sense of Funkadelic-esque outer-world psychedelia, Dopapod's Radar is not simply a force to be reckoned with. While this album get's weird at times, it also gets very real.
A good example is the second track of the record, "Freight Train," which alternates between synthetic pumps of skewed energy, organ breakdowns, and power solos on the guitar. Gliding through worlds of trance, dance and rock, "Freight Train" makes listening so easy you take notice of the shift in realms. This is true of most of their songs, for in order to hear the faintly squeaking sound effects blurping in the background, you'll have to listen more than once.
Genre is hard to deconstruct regardless of the form of art being analyzed, but Dopapod is the kind of band that makes the journey fun. They're not incredibly unpredictable- staying inside their experimental funk-rock-jazz bubble- but I find myself humming their tunes at work and school, unable to escape Radar's strange spell. Incredibly talented musicians, bandmates Eli Winderman, Michelangelo Carubba, Rob Compa, Chuck Jones, and Neal "FRO" Evans have set the bar respectfully high for their first full-length recording. (self-released)

-Amanda Macchia
Taken from Performer Magazine- Dec '09

- Performer Magazine


Debut album 'Radar' available on iTunes. 11 original tracks which feature special guests Mr. Rourke (Club D'elf), Timo Shanko (G.Love and Special Sauce), Dana Colley (Morphine), and Dave Brandwine (Turkuaz). Released Aug 4th 2009 on Dopa Records.

Dopapod Self-Titled EP- College Radio Airplay



Boston has long been renowned for its fertile music scene that has sprouted world-class musicians within its musically diverse landscape. One of the most promising seeds to germinate out of the area is Dopapod. Bringing together players from each time zone in the US, the quartet has been thumping up from basement parties all over the Northeast, to bumping the sound systems of major venues all across the east coast. At face value, their sound can be described as a funktronic dance party, but if you dive in a little deeper it’s easy to uncover the unique genre-bending blend of funk, trance, rock, afro-beat, dubstep, and prog rock.
In the course of only three years, Dopapod has already put the bug in music fan’s ears from the top of Vermont down to the tip of the Florida Keys. Covering all that ground has seen the young, but very seasoned group return to areas all over the east coast and landed them spots at numerous festivals including Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, StrangeCreek, Wormtown, The Big Up, The Getdown, Tweed River, Muddy River, The Weekend Off, and Headyfest. Their electric live showcase has been conjuring up a fast growing, loyal fan base, and seen them share bills with artists like Lotus, Sam Kininger (Soulive, Lettuce), Brothers Past, Biodiesel, and Dave Grippo (Trey Anastasio).
Their debut album, Radar, explores the vast spectrum of Dopapod’s sound and features guest appearances by Timo Shanko (G-Love and Special Sauce), Dana Colley (Morphine), and Mr. Rourke (Club D’elf). Performer Magazine has dubbed their first offering as “setting the bar respectfully high”. As Dopapod rounds out the year with a Fall east coast tour, 2011 is shaping up to be very promising and productive. The band plans to hit the studio to record and release their sophomore effort, and more tours are in the works and sure to keep things exciting.