In early SeptemberDopapod had surprising news for fans with the announcement of a new album and a large string of new tour dates ahead of an unexpected yearlong hiatus. Dopapod’s new album, MEGAGEM, is due out on October 27th, marking the band’s fifth studio release. In promotion of this latest studio effort, Dopapod will be touring across the country, with their fall tour kicking off on October 26th at Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spanning through to New Year’s Eve—the group will ring 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.

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Dopapod’s hiatus struck many fans by surprise. In the recent weeks since the announcement, the band has clarified the 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.

As keyboardist and singer/songwriter Eli Winderman elaborated, “Every seven years this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year. When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.” He continued, “It’s a balance, making sure that you have a well-rounded life. Otherwise, it’s just not enjoyable, and you’re only thinking about one thing or the other thing. One side of your life fuels the other side, and if you don’t have a personal life, you don’t have any gas in the tank, emotionally or spiritually, for the music to have any substance.”

However, Dopapod is all-systems-go right now ahead of the break, particularly as they look to the end of the month and beyond when MEGAGEM is released and the group’s extensive fall tour kicks off. Today, the group has released a brand-new track off their upcoming studio release, the album closer, “Starfish”, which Huffington Post premiered. The tune has a dreamy quality to it, opening to ethereal and sparse keys before this lightness is contrasted with the appearance of heavier, constant drums. As the tune unfolds, Winderman takes on vocal duties, with his voice simultaneously wistful and confident.

You can listen and read the lyrics to “Starfish” off Dopapod’s upcoming MEGAGEM below. You can pre-order MEGAGEM on iTunes now, and check out Dopapod’s upcoming 2017 tour dates under the video.


[Photo: Dave Vann]

Lyrics to Dopapod’s “Starfish”

We take a stare into the dark
We’ll never find a better time to start
Something has to give a sign

Eventually our paths align
I know that there will come a time
When everything will all be fine
Don’t take me there don’t cut the line
Cause I’ll be there inside my mind

Dopapod Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates

Oct 26 — Philadelphia, PA — Theater of Living Arts
Oct 27 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza
Oct 28 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
Oct 29 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground Ballroom
Oct 31 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Putnam Den
Nov 01 — Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Iron Works
Nov 02 — Ann Arbor, MI — The Blind Pig
Nov 03 — Kalamazoo, MI — Bells Eccentric Cafe Back Room
Nov 04 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue Theatre
Nov 07 — Iowa City, IA — Gabe’s
Nov 08 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
Nov 09 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall
Nov 10 — Chicago, IL — Park West
Nov 11 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’s
Nov 12 — Morgantown, WV — 123 Pleasant Street
Nov 15 — Richmond, VA — The National
Nov 16 — Raleigh, NC — Lincoln Theatre
Nov 17 — Asheville, NC — Salvage Station
Nov 18 — Atlanta, GA — Variety Playhouse
Nov 19 — Charleston, SC — Charleston Pourhouse
Nov 30 — Ft. Collins, CO — Aggie Theatre
Dec 01 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theater
Dec 02 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theater
Dec 05 — Fayetteville, AR — George’s Majestic Lounge
Dec 07 — Lexington, KY — Cosmic Charlies
Dec 08 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern
Dec 09 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern
Dec 10 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern
Dec 13 — Pittsburgh, PA — Rex Theater
Dec 14 — Washington, D.C. — Gypsy Sally’s
Dec 15 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
Dec 16 — Syracuse, NY — The Wescott Theater
Dec 30 — Providence, RI — Fete Ballroom
Dec 31 — Boston, MA — Paradise