Having recently announced the unholy union of Dope Body and Drag City we thought it was about time we unleash a taster from the album for all to hear, so here it is, available for free download, “Weird Mirror” – showcasing Dope Body’s punk-rock ferocity at its finest.
Don’t forget you can also check out album track “Lazy Slave” on Soundcloud.
Still not heard Natural History by Dope Body? Read on to find out why you should check it out…
Dope Body, the lovely brothers of Baltimore, have erected a fresh slab of sound fit for release 4 June 2012. They call it, Natural History. This is the Drag City debut for these fellows, sure to give hope to all bodies world-wide, both natural and enhanced.
Dope Body formed in December-of-2008-Baltimore as an experiment in musical instincts, jamming and writing the simplest one-part/one-riff/one-minute songs that were the first thing to come to mind (most ended up on their first tape 20 Pound Brick). They then set up a novelty basement show in this super-small basement, with the great intention of trying to stoke primal hardcore thrash vibes in both the music and audience, which at that point in time was kind of lacking in Baltimore (mostly dance-party-Wham-City-absurdist-style). It was a great mess of an experience with drunken beer flying, shirts tearing, glass breaking, strings snapping, amps frying, cigarette smoke asphyxiating… so much fun that a silent acknowledgement was made: don’t stop doing this, something feels too right about it. Dope Body strove to play that kind of show over and over again since then, somehow maintaining a work ethic, being fairly prolific without the threat of taking themselves too seriously.
Dope Body are road doggies, funsters, and gleeful pummellers of basement and attic parties alike, wide-eyed fanatics of the craft that the more reasonable among us might mistake for insanity (it isn’t entirely so). Dope Body is a spasm of styles and directions, showering sparks from a half-melted thickness. They writhe under their own influences and experiments, swinging and swaying from guttural chugging to charming riffs n licks within the confines of a single tune.
Natural History is Dope Body in possession of what might be their most COMMERCIALLY ACCESSIBLE album ever – especially if your idea of “commercially accessible” is Half-Machine Lips Moves/Psychic, Powerless…/or “Salad Days”-era punk. They have well and truly honed their own off-kilter sound, replete with heavy walls of rhythm, raw electronics and vocals that grunt and yelp with an animalistic ferocity.
Dope Body are bloodthirsty and ready to take the UK and EU by storm with both Natural History and promised live appearances – lock up your daughters, your boyfriends, your kids – keep your own body in check – no one body’s the same, but everybody’s body is sure to get weird when it comes into contact with Dope Body!
Twice the Life
Out of my Mind