Today, Dopapod’s highly anticipated new album, MEGAGEM, finally dropped, marking the band’s fifth studio release. The eight-track LP comes ahead of Dopapod’s upcoming yearlong hiatus in 2018 and extensive fall tour with The Motet and a three-night New Year’s Eve run across the Northeast.
As Rob Compa told Live For Live Music in a recent interview, “We recorded [MEGAGEM] over the winter and have gradually finished all the little bits and pieces of it. … We actually recorded enough music to warrant another album coming out sometime next year. We just ended up with too much music for one album, so we are just gonna make two!”
In promotion of this latest studio effort, Dopapod will be touring across the country, with their extensive fall tour kicking off yesterday at Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dopapod will continue on tour through to New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2018 with a two-night run in the Northeast starting on December 30th at the Fete Ballroom in Providence, Rhode Island, and finishing up on December 31st at Paradise in the band’s hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.
Following these dates, the band will take a year off. After the announcement of their hiatus back in September, the members of the group clarified their motivations behind their yearlong break, noting that the sabbatical was inspired by the TED Talk, “The Power of Time Off.” After seven years as road dogs, the idea of a break resonated with the members of the band, feeling that the year off would help sustain the longevity of the project and allow its members to focus on self-care.
You can take a listen to Dopapod’s new album, MEGAGEM, below.
[Photo: Dave Vann]