XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We’re about to release our first single ‘Boiling point’, out of our debut album ‘It’s One Hell of a Ride’, which will be out very soon. We made a southern style wacky video for it. Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal flew all the way to Israel to produce the album with us.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
The Dodies have existed for 4 years, but we’ve been playing together under different band titles (like ‘WeSuck’) since 2007, when we were 14.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
At the beginning it was pure fun. It was just Yoni screaming into a 10 Shekels (3 bucks) microphone and Ran banging on drums with no other instrument to accompany us. We would cover kid show themes and tacky pop songs. Later on Yoni started playing guitar and writing songs that were actually listenable so we decided to just keep playing.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Writing new songs and playing them for the first time is very exciting, but it’s easier to dream about the songs getting big than actually having to perform. When the audience is really with us at a show, it’s fun. But it’s hard to push your music into an info inflated world. The hardest thing about recording a song is to successfully convey the energy of our live shows.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
After one show we had at the ‘Viper Room’ in LA, we were greeted by a few label people and had dinner at the ‘Rainbow’ across the street.
Yoni: I left Ran, who was eating hot wings with the industry people and went up to the bathroom. There I saw a guy with bloodshot eyes and denim jacket who finished peeing into the sink. He looked into my eyes and said “I used to be one of the original hippies”. I got spooked and closed the door, as I noticed a dim sound of punk music playing upstairs. I reached the top floor in search its source, and discovered a band of elderly women who I assumed were porn stars, in bras, with bad plastic surgeries done on their faces. They were lined in a row, each screaming into her own microphone. In the center was a young stripper girl dancing. I was the only person in front of them, besides two tourists sitting in the back of the room.
Ran: The hot wings were outrageously hot.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
A crazed girl once asked Yoni for his phone number. But the crazy part is that he actually gave it to her because he’d just finished watching Jim Carrey’s ‘Yes Man’. for a few days throughout that month he’d get awkward phone calls by screeching girls who would ask about his day to day activities.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Yoni: They’re overly supportive to a point in which I had to tell them to “back off and let me deal with my own band shit dad”
Ran: My parents have always been supportive. I started playing the drums when I was 9. They actually suggested that.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
We usually like playing the more aggressive songs at shows. The ones in drop-D. we’ve got a song called ‘No Silver Lining’ and ‘The Massiah’ that get the crowd focused and riled up.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
There used to be a happening metal scene in southern Israel when we were 14. Yoni’s older brother was the lead singer in two bands in the scene, so he invited us to a show. We’d never actually seen a rock show before, so when we saw him go completely nuts on stage it had a pretty big impact on us.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
We are still waiting for a call from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
“Hey guys! Radiohead’s going on tour this summer and we looove your stuff. we’ll also be accompanied by the surviving members of The Beatles. George Harrison’s place will be taken by Dave Grohl. Kurt Cobain’s ghost will be coming back to this world to take Lennon’s place. I know it’s short notice, but are you in?”
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Every band’s dream is getting a call from someone who believes in their music enough to support their way to the top. We were lucky enough to have that happened to us. Since then we’ve been playing and recording in America for a few years now. We eventually found our way to Bumblefoot, who has taken us under his wing.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Yoni: I would work harder at being a novelist, maybe even writing plays and acting in them.
Ran: I guess I would go for something in the sociology area.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Since we don’t have a bass player in the band, Ran plays drums one handed so he can play bass synthesizer with his free hand. The more aggressive songs are played with just one guitar plugged into a bass amp so we can get a fatter sound, and Ran can play with both hands. Other than that the equipment is very basic. Bumblefoot also insisted we would record our album this way.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
There are many waves out there today. Like the dream pop wave that we are very fond of, or the trap wave that makes us want to vomit. But we can’t say there is a definitive scene, like what happened in Seattle. We hope we can contribute to a wave of rock to reach our shores.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
People in the states are usually surprised to find out we’re from Israel. We don’t blame them, considering our American\British influences which make us sound not Israeli.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
We’d tell them we’re a rock band, adding terms like ‘punky’, ‘garage’, ’90’s’,’angsty’.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Our debut album “It’s One Hell of a Ride” will be out there very soon, and we’ve never sounded better
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with XS Rock!
Thanks for having us!
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