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When it came time for the Dodos to begin writing their fifth LP, Carrier, singer/guitarist Meric Long wanted to start over.

The uncertainty of the band's trajectory as well as the passing of guitarist Chris Reimer brought about a reassessment of things within the band, and in particular Long's songwriting.

In need of a different vantage point, Long began writing words before music for the first time, enveloping himself in silence rather than sound.

When it came time to set these lyrics to music, Long started writing with only his electric guitar in hand -- another first. The focus on this instrument was due in large part to the time Long spent with Reimer, the guitarist for Women who had joined Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber to become the third member of the Dodos throughout 2011 before unexpectedly passing away early the following year.

"Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general," reveals Long. "Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song."

And so, when he began to formulate the tracks that would ultimately comprise Carrier, Long employed two principles he inherited from Reimer: patience to let a song develop and a judgment-free enthusiasm for sound.

To this end, Long and Kroeber decided to record in their hometown of San Francisco for the first time, allowing for less time constraints and a more pressure-free experience than past out-of-state sessions had afforded.

Although John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio was initially selected for its analog-friendly set-up, the duo were happy to find themselves working within a supportive community of like-minded musicians that included engineers Jay and Ian Pellicci, both of whom assisted in the production of Carrier, as well as the Magik Magik Orchestra, which appears on several tracks.

As a result, the album the Dodos crafted is refreshingly sincere: no computers, no gimmicks -- just eleven songs that are beautiful and solid and true and honest.

"Substance" effortlessly embodies all of these traits, from the crisp drumming that announces its arrival to the bright guitar lines that weave in and out before eventually joining forces with a triumphant burst of trumpets.

"Confidence" begins like a calm before the storm, its strong vocals over gentle guitar and drums soon erupting into a positively epic display of guitar riffs and hypnotizing percussion.

The record's second side is anchored by "The Current," on which an angular guitar tone loops over a chugging guitar rhythm to satisfying effect as Long declares in a moment of catharsis, "If this love comes unto me / I'm with it / I'm with it."

Much too soon, Carrier ends with "The Ocean" -- though Long and Kroeber view the track less as a conclusion and more of a "to be continued" into this album's follow-up, which they have already begun working on.

For a band briefly in flux, it's clear now that the Dodos’ outlook on the future has never looked more certain.

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The Dodos announce new North American tour

The Dodos are heading back on the road and have announced one hell of a tour. The San Fran duo will be trekking around North America alongside incredible talent Neko Case. Find the Canadian dates below, full list of shows bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.

THE DODOS' CANADIAN TOUR DATES
May 08 Montreal, PQ @ Corona Theatre
May 09 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 10 Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
May 17 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
May 18 Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
May 19 Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
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The Dodos on Late Show with David Letterman

Watch San Francisco's The Dodos perform their recent single "Confidence" from new album Carrier live on the Late Show with David Letterman stage above or youtu.be target="_blank">HERE.

You can check out Carrier in all of its glory right smarturl.it target="_blank">HERE on iTunes.
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The Dodos' Carrier now available!

After months of anticipation since news broke of its arrival, the fifth studio album from San Francisco duo The Dodos is now available! The album, titled Carrier is available on a wide range of formats including digital, CD, LP (180-gram glacier blue vinyl - limited to 700 copies), and cassette. You can have a look at the special edition vinyl in action instagram.com target="_blank">HERE.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to purchase Carrier on iTunes.

Hot on the heels of Carrier's release day, the band is gearing up for an extensive North American tour featuring the Canadian stops listed below. For a full list of tour dates, click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.

Sept 9, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Sept 11, 2013 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino
Sept 12, 2013 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino
Sept 13, 2013 - Edmonton, AB @ Kaleido Festival (Free show)
Sep 15, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
Sep 22, 2013 - Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
Sep 24, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 25, 2013 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Sep 26, 2013 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa (Pop Montreal Fest)
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Stream The Dodos Carrier on CBC Music

The San Francisco duo's fifth album, Carrier, may not be available until August 27, but fans can stream the record ahead of time via CBC Music.

music.cbc.ca target="_blank">Click to stream Carrier on CBC Music

The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, allowing for less time constraints and a more pressure-free experience than past out-of-state sessions had afforded.

Although John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio was initially selected for its analog-friendly set- up, the duo were happy to find themselves working within a supportive community of like-minded musicians that included engineers Jay and Ian Pellicci, both of whom assisted in the production of Carrier, as well as the Magik Magik Orchestra, which appears on several tracks. As a result, the album The Dodos crafted is refreshingly sincere: no computers, no gimmicks -- just eleven songs that are beautiful and solid and true and honest.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to lock in your Carrier pre-order on iTunes!
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Stream The Dodos' new album on Pitchfork

The San Francisco duo's upcoming album Carrier will be available on August 27, 2013, but fans can stream the album in it's entirety right now via Pitchfork.

pitchfork.com target="_blank">Click to stream Carrier on Pitchfork.

Be sure to lock in your pre-order ahead of time on iTunes as well - bit.ly target="_blank">Click here to pre-order a digital copy of Carrier.

The Dodos recently announced a massive North American tour in support of the new studio release, featuring 32 dates and a fair amount of Canadian stops. Canadian dates are listed below, for a full list of North American shows click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

THE DODOS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
09/09 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
09/13 - Edmonton, AB @ Kaleido Festival
09/15 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
09/22 - Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
09/24 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
09/25 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
09/26 - Montreal, PQ @ La Sala Rossa (Pop Montreal)
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