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Published September 20th 2011
Psyched out polyrhythmic guitar-looping madness only begins to describe the intensity of seeing Doe play live. The Adelaide quartet of two guitars, bass, drums and a laptop have opened for the likes of My Disco and Robotosaurus, and are fast becoming a staple of Adelaide music.
The band tags itself as "drone, instrumental, minimal, noise, post punk and psychedelic". This gives them a great variety of textures and song structures to draw upon, though some, (a guy in the audience), have argued that this plethora of genre aspirations spreads the band too thin.
There is some truth to this; the minimalism and psychedelia often dilute each other. Their finest moments are their crisp jams that sound more like math rock than anything else (think Battles or Don Caballero). It is in these Jams that their greatest strength emerges: precision.
You can set you clock to these guys. Not only because they are literally playing in time with mechanical instruments and tape loops, but because their hearts beat in time with everything they are doing. They can improvise to metronomes, meaning that the kind of repetition that would become monotonous and mechanical in the hands of lesser musicians is enrapturing with Doe.
When their fast paced odysseys start picking up momentum, all the disparate elements come together. At these moments you can bury yourself deep into the complexity of the sounds whilst mindlessly dancing around to them. Having these two elements simultaneously present is about as easy as running a calculus lecture in a nightclub. If this is something you've always wanted to do, look no further than this female deer.
They haven't announced any tour dates at the moment, you can download their EP here doedoes.bandcamp.com/