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Naturally, the Dodos’ lo-fi 2006 debut Beware of the Maniacs sounds quite different from their polished 2008 offering Time to Die, but in 2006 the Dodos were a guitar-and-drums duo winning over the hearts and unfolding the arms of San Francisco’s art school coolies and bicycle hipsters with legendary house-party shows and easily likeable recordings of catchy, memorable songs. Beware of the Maniacs has been described by critics as psychedelic folk — maybe because in 2006 “freak folk” was all the buzz — but this album is so much more. There are moments when the duo play with an aggressive attack on their instruments (like on “Men” and “The Ball”), hinting at what would come with 2008’s Visiter, and then there are mellower times when frontman Meric Long muses gently on his inability to grow manly facial hair (“Beard”) or when he flirts with fast-paced country flat-picking (“Chickens”). Overall, Beware of the Maniacs boasts well crafted and tastefully arranged tunes with Long’s boyish vocals sounding honest, not yet affecting the prerequisite nasal-toned inflections of commercial indie rock.

Customer Reviews

Keep your eye on The Dodos!

This album is a collection of beautiful, well written songs and fantastic instrumentation. Meric and Logan manage to produce an incredibly full, rockin' sound with just a guitar, drums and voice. "The Ball", "Men," and "Neighbors" all prove why The Dodos are included in this year's Noisepop lineup and will be hitting up some of the best festivals like SXSW in 2008. Such a good balance of mellow folky guitar strumming and haunting echoes and layering with some driven bluesy rhythms mixed in. this album's what freak-folk is all about. it's no wonder they're on french kiss records now with the likes of Les Savy Fav!

These guys rule

Meric, Logan if you guys read this you rock I love you and all that jazz. To all you folks shopping, buy this album, these guys are really really good. Support the mad mad chicken man. Seriously this is a great CD as is the next one which should be on here soon. ------Brodsky

oh man

love this band. i've actually had this album for a while. i like that these guys are getting the recognition they deserve but part of me wants them to myself. all these songs are simple but strong with great vocals and lyrics. my faves are 'trades and tariffs, horny hippies and the ball.' 'beards' is such a cute song too.


Formed: 2005 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Originally formed in 2006 as Dodobird by multi-instrumentalist Meric Long, unpredictable San Francisco indie rock duo the Dodos acquired their new moniker with the arrival of Logan Kroeber, a fellow West Coast artist whose penchant for experimental drumming and progressive metal melded perfectly with Long's interest in West African Ewe drumming and country blues fingerpicking. The Dodos independently released their debut album, Beware of the Maniacs, that same year, followed by Visiter in 2008. Long...
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