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Q&A with Logan Kroeber of The Dodos

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The Dodos, a San Francisco-based band consisting of singer and guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber will be traveling through the Valley this week, performing with Dustin Wong on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Crescent Ballroom. The two musicians have been playing together since 2005 and released fifth album Carrier in August.

Kroeber was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to have a phone chat with The Spec, read on to see what he has to say about Sean Penn, creative inspiration, and the album art for Carrier

The Spec: Do you have a favorite word?
Logan Kroeber: I don’t really, but every time somebody asks me this question I think about Sean Penn. It’s because my girlfriend told me that she saw him getting interviewed one time and he was asked the same question and his favorite word was “hi.” It was just “hi.” So I’m not going to steal his answer, but maybe in honor of Sean Penn, I’m going to say my favorite word is “champagne.”

TS: Who are currently some of your favorite artists?
LK: Well, my new favorite artist is the band Cousins, who we toured with at the beginning of this tour. We parted ways with them and then picked up Dustin Wong. He is awesome as well. Those are two hot young acts that I’ve seen live and in person. I’m also looking forward to hearing the new Crystal Stilts record, it’s been out for a while, but I haven’t had the chance to check it out. I’m usually into them as well as so much other stuff; those are just three off the top of my head.

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LK: Often when I’m at a show and somebody starts playing a song I’ve never heard before, but it sounds awesome. It automatically starts me thinking of something else. Like, for each second that passes of the song that’s being played that is awesome in my mind I’m writing a new song that could go with each note that I hear in my head. It’s the same thing if I go to a poetry reading that’s any good. If someone is reading a poem that’s really amazing, it’s like each word they’re saying I’m writing the next word in my head before they get to say theirs. It’s not to say that what I come up with in my head is any good or actually turns into anything later, but like I said, that’s when I feel most inspired, when someone is directly inspiring me in real time.

TS: Are you ever inspired by other forms of art besides music, such as film, paintings, physical art, etc?
LK: Totally. I’m sometimes awestruck by a painting or film. I don’t know very much about film so it’s easy for me to get wrapped up in somebody’s reality that they’re trying to put across in the film. I’m not somebody who can easily imagine what it takes to make a movie, so I can’t feel the recognition behind it as easily as someone else. Film’s a big one.

TS: How did you guys come up with the album art for your newest album Carrier?
LK: Meric was messing around with a friend of his and that friend sent him a sort of photocopy version of this famous painting. The original painting is much darker than our album art. It had this look of the same silhouette but in an alleyway. Meric gave his idea to his friend to redraw and that’s actually Meric’s silhouette on the record. Ours got a lot more bleak looking, where he’s just looking out on that open field. The original is more claustrophobic because it’s got an alleyway feeling. All this came about because Meric had a feeling he wanted to capture and I think he was pleased with the result.

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