Recently I was sent a compilation album of local unsigned artists. I get sent a lot of music so it has to grab me in the first few seconds otherwise it runs the risk of being flicked. When I gave this one a listen in the car I admit I was guilty of a lot of track skipping! Finally half way through, a track came on that drew me instantly and, as soon as the vocals kicked in, I reached for the volume control. Once I checked the sleeve, I wasn’t surprised to see the track in question was by acoustic folk band DodoBones! DodoBones, from Hemel Hemsptead, have such a distinctive sound and have certainly made their mark on the local music scene.
The band is led by sensational vocalist Robbyn Snow who feels every word she sings. She’s joined by Steve Patmore on guitar who occasionally adds a cheeky bit of spoken word. Robbyn and Steve began DodoBones as a duo but as they developed their sound, the band grew in size, with Ian Newman becoming Double Bassist and Mark ‘Flash’ Gordon playing cajon and percussion.
For the last month, Robbyn and Steve have been posting a cover-a-day on their YouTube channel, making unexpected tracks their own. They don’t simply just cover a track, they flip it on it’s head and turn it in to a new song in their unique DodoBones way. It’s hard to choose, but I think some of my favourites have been Barbie Girl, Grapevine and You’ve Got a Friend in Me – if only for the costumes!
This week DodoBones released their third studio album ‘Distracted’, featuring twelve superb tracks. Each one is unique and you know that the lyrics aren’t an afterthought, they’re just as important as the notes, riffs and medleys.
To celebrate the long awaited album, they held the launch at The Mermaid in St Albans. It was a fantastic night and the crowd were spoilt with such a great line up featuring three great acts on the bill – Minnie Birch, The Caution Horses and Emma McGrath.
The pub was rammed and the buzzing atmosphere took me back to Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland. It was amazing to see so many people (and a sausage dog) in one room supporting unsigned music. The room was so packed I had to watch most of the set in a mirror’s reflection!
DodoBones were sensational and something that gives them an extra edge is
that they have the ability to entertain those who have never heard their music before. They all play their instruments with such passion and they’re visually entertaining to watch. It’s hard not to be pulled in by Robbyn as she performs with such emotion.
This is an album that shouldn’t be downloaded. It’s so beautifully done you need to have the physical copy for the full experience, to enjoy the artwork and lyric booklet.
If you missed the launch get down to CoCo in Croxley Green on Sunday 29 March where they’re playing an intimate gig as part of a RRRANTS Collective night.