Electric Forest Artist Not to Miss: Dispatch and Dopapod
One surprising and exciting headliner debuting themselves on the festival scene this summer is Dispatch. Over the years, Dispatch has created a massive cult following for an independent band. Brad Corrigan, or “Bradigan,” one of the trio’s members, described their fan base as a very specific group, “We’ve been called the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of, people either know everything about us or they know nothing. There never seems to be any middle ground.” Every member of the band sings and plays multiple instruments. Dispatch’s music can be described as nostalgic to some. Songs like the “General” express the band’s capacity for catchy chorus hooks backed by organic instruments with an abundance of African and world music influence, as well as American folk. Generally when Dispatch performs live they tend to stray away from improvisations and long jams and focus on the catchy, rhythmic, and familiar melodies which gives them their signature sound. Since Dispatch is a band with many years of touring under their belt, one can definitely expect a quality show. The festival environment may pave way for a newer and more jam-infused Dispatch, which I am highly anticipating. The band is extremely charitable and was even one of the only independent label acts to ever sell out Madison Square Garden. All of the proceeds went to benefit Zimbabwe, as the show was titled Dispatch Zimbabwe. This show was one of their many reunion tours. Dispatch is a perfect blend of American alternative rock, blues, folk, and African world music. For all the music lovers attending Electric Forest, Dispatch is certainly worth checking out.
Dopapod is the epitome of a diversified jam band, perfectly tailored to be on Electric Forest’s eclectic bill. This past year Dopapod has received a lot of attention and publicity for their incredible musicianship and original improvisational jamming. The band gained a lot of attention this year while touring with Papadosio, who over the past three years have grown into a completely different animal as opposed to where they started. If I had to guess, I would assume that Dopapod is the next big up-and-coming band in the jam-tronica scene. Dopapod is currently headlining festivals like Disk Jam, in addition to their extensive tour dates and other festival appearances. Dopapod has continued to grow and evolve and strategically separate themselves from their contemporaries. Their website describes their music as: “An electronic band without computers. They are a metal band with groove and soul. They are a funk band that’s not afraid to get intricate. With no regard toward stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from the quartet both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from.” In the past three years they have performed at over ten festivals and have created a loyal, growing fan base. Redivider is Dopapod’s third studio release and is completely self-produced and recorded in a barn on a farm in Connecticut. Their evolutionary progress is plain to see, as their most recent studio release features vocals for the very first time. Dopapod is truly a “dope” band and one of the hardest working young bands in the industry. If you’re a jam band fan, then Dopapod’s incredible improv is something you will certainly be able to sink your teeth into. EDM fans can also find refuge and comfort in the synth-powered improvisations and dance-infused beats that Dopapod brings to the floor. All in all, this band offers an infectious dance party for all who attend, so don’t miss out!