Garage Rock duo, THE DODIES, have premiered their whimsical video for single “Boiling Point”. The single is from their debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride due out on April 24, 2020.
THE DODIES are a young garage rock duo from the southern desert of Israel. Yoni Avittan fronts the band as lead vocalist and guitarist, as Ran Aronson sings backing vocals while simultaneously playing bass lines on keyboard with one hand and playing the entire drum kit with the other.
We asked the Duo a few questions to get more familiar with the guy…
- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
We are The Dodies. A garage rock duo from southern Israel. Yoni Avittan plays the guitar and sings, and Ran Aronson plays the drums with one hand, synth bass with the other and sings backing vocals. We’ve been playing together for ten years under different names like our past Hebrew punk band WeSuck. Our music mostly confronts feelings of alienation, depression and RAGE.
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
We started playing music together when we were 14. Ran would play the drums, while Yoni would scream into a cheap Skype microphone. It was pure fun back then, so we kept doing it. As time progressed, writing songs became more cathartic and therapeutic on one hand. On the other it became more challenging to live up to our dreams.
- So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We have a new video coming out on February 21 for our first single ‘Boiling Point’. It is a western themed clip, and it is as goofily self aware as we planned on it being. The song is taken off our debut album ‘It’s One Hell of a Ride’, which will be out soon afterwards.
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Yoni: I’d be a failing standup artist
Ran: I’d study professional tomato throwing, majoring in failing standup artists.
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
We’ve been asked “how long were your camel rides to school?” by some people, but that’s only because yoni yanks some people chains by fooling them to believe that we had to ride camels to get to our high school.
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
We’d like to be remembered for our music of course. Secondary to getting into twitter fights with celebrities.
- On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
In 2016 we recorded a ‘demoy’ version of ‘It’s One Hell of a Ride’ in Ran’s bedroom. We sent it to as many places as we could. Fast forward, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal flew to Israel to help us re-record it, and make it sound the way we always intended. The album as a whole sounds infinitely better now.
- What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
We love many of our songs. Each one really is different so it’s hard to say. But we can tell you what song has felt underrated to us – the song ‘Buffon’.
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Usually when you make a mistake on stage, the crowd doesn’t notice it as much as you do. The more stressed out you are about being perfect, the more they can feel it. We believe we can be better musicians and songwriters if we get better at that.
- If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
Yoni tries meditating at least one hour a day.
Ran has been with his girlfriend since high school.
Very random facts indeed.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Yoni: I’d choose orange. It’s always been my favorite color since I’m a huge fan of Michaelangelo, the ninja turtle, not the artist. Even as a child there was something that spoke to me about the way he would just slob around, eat pizza all day, and probably smoke pot behind the scenes.
Ran: Since orange is already taken, and Raphael was my second favorite ninja turtle, I’d be a red crayon.
- Who are you inspired by?
Ran: The few special people who have taken the band under their wings are a big inspiration to me. Sometimes a real conversation with someone you look up to can be just as inspiring, even musically, as listening to your all time favorite band.
Yoni: As a musician I’m inspired by Kurt Cobain, as a person I’m inspired by the Buddha. Kurt Cobain wrote Nirvana’s songs but the Buddha actually reached Nirvana.
- What’s an average day like for you?
Ran: I’m trying to finish a history degree at the university. So you’d usually find me studying or giving drumming lessons between band shows and rehearsals. quite underwhelming.
Yoni: I wake up, I have sex with my girlfriend, she makes us breakfast, we have sex again. I meditate and try to write at least two lines in my novel I’ve been working on for three years now.
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
It depends how the fans act, but mostly we try listening to what they have to say, it can be fun. We haven’t yet reached the point as a band to where that gets overwhelming.
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yoni: all the time, I tend to think too much at shows, I can play a full set and think I sucked really bad, but then when we get off stage people usually seem to be happy with what they’ve heard, so a lot of me being hard on myself derives from performance anxiety.
Ran: Yes. I noticed that the most anxious moments to me have been when I felt close to ‘greatness’ – bigger shows, exposure, that kind of stuff. The fear of success is a very real thing.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
We have this inside joke about how we’ll one day play Wembley stadium, but as of right now we enjoy performing at the pub that Yoni works at in southern Israel
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be patient, and try appreciating the moment in your life as it is, if you can’t do that you probably can’t appreciate a successful career either
The Dodies are:
Yoni Avittan – Singer / Guitarist
Ran Aronson – Drummer / Synth Bassist / Backing Vocalist
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