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Boston, Massachusetts, United States (2003 – present)

Kayo Dot is an group originally from Boston, Massachusetts, United States (now based in Brooklyn, New York) that was formed in 2003 by Toby Driver after the disband of Maudlin of the Well. They released their debut album Choirs of the Eye on John Zorn’s Tzadik label that year.

Its lineup is constantly changing, but has consisted of Toby Driver, Ron Varod, Mia Matsumiya, Keith Abrams, Tim Byrnes, David Bodie, Dan Means and Terran Olson.

The music of Kayo Dot can not be accurately described by the limiting contemporary genre nomenclatures. Their songs involve complex instrumentation (composed by singer and frontman Driver), generally without refrain. They are substantially longer than typical songs, often ranging from 8 to 15 minutes in length.

Kayo Dot’s second album Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue was released in January of 2006.

On May 6 2008, they released their third full-length, Blue Lambency Downward, on Hydra Head Records.

Their fourth album, recorded in June 2009, named Coyote, was released on 20 April 2010 on Hydra Head Records. It was later brought out on vinyl by Taiga Records in November 2010.

Their first EP, Stained Glass, was released in January 2011 by Hydra Head, with very little fanfare. It was later issued on vinyl by Antithetic Records in August 2011, with a “de-mix” of the song on the second side.


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  • SufferingAstrid

    "Hubardo" is an insurmountable masterpiece

    26 Jul 4:38pm Reply
  • pasturnak

    Full set I shot last month, first show of their recent west coast tour.

    24 Jul 5:02pm Reply
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    22 Jul 6:15pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    v It's NYC. People come to concerts to flaunt themselves and brag about it later on social medias.

    12 Jul 2:46am Reply
  • Mork_Laerer

    They seem to search more melody in their music lately, this is not a bad thing. Aurora is beautiful and calming, however it sounds like a sort of jam session which came out from Coffins on Io indeed. Anyway, how come people talk like they were into a bar at their shows?

    11 Jul 6:41pm Reply
  • excellentsword

    Another ugly, heavy record would be fantastic. Hubardo was fucking amazing, almost obscured by the fact it was followed up so quickly by Coffins on Io on an actual label. Pls Toby.

    7 Jul 12:26pm Reply
  • AtmosphericPhil

    if aurora is what the new album is going to sound like then I'm genuinely disappointed. every KD record was always a huge step forward from the previous one -- would be sad if the new album is coffins on io pt.2 (which aurora sounds to me like)

    7 Jul 1:47am Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    Aurora is quite addictive puts me in a dream like state. I have no idea where the 9 minutes goes, it just flys by so quickly. Looking forward to the new album whenever it is, hopefully 2015.

    3 Jul 10:41am Reply
  • ato1945

    Any new Kayo Dot merch soon? (hehe I just don't wanna buy the Terran shirt)

    2 Jul 2:18am Reply
  • pasturnak

    Mortality of Doves from last week in SF. I've got the whole set almost edited but will hold off on sharing it until they're done touring.

    1 Jul 6:00pm Reply
  • Eugene_NEGATIVE - another bootleg for "Aurora", It's progressing in sound with every newer video.

    23 May 9:54am Reply
  • sponda_it

    v lol

    13 May 6:50pm Reply
  • weendril

    v don't touch my man scott walker pls otherwise i'm gonna kill u

    12 May 10:54pm Reply
  • sponda_it

    Everyone is allowed to listen to Scott 2.

    11 May 8:48pm Reply
  • chrisleinhart

    woah deadgrandma what are you doing in the kayo dot shoutbox

    11 May 10:33am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    vv come now, everyone is allowed to listen to Opeth 2

    9 May 1:45am Reply
  • sponda_it

    v Read the terms of use and learn that this site is free and users can write everywhere, please. Thanks.

    8 May 3:39pm Reply
  • pasturnak

    Just edited Immortelle from the set we shot back in 2012 in Oakland.

    7 May 9:37pm Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    I bought some stuff for what its worth. Kinda surprised My Fruit Psycobells was not there given how rare and hard to get it is (I was very lucky to get one of the last CD's available) and its much much better than the credit Toby gives it. Hope you guys made it home.

    7 May 11:29am Reply
  • Tortbyo_Drotar

    I'm awful at it. By the way, guys, if you have ever illegally downloaded our shit but listen to it all the time, now would be a great time to get yourself a legit copy: Kayo Dot fire sale!! We've run into a glut of unexpected hardships on this crazy Europe tour, so for the next week, all albums on our bandcamp, including Kayo Dot albums, side projects, and even albums that were previously unavailable for download, are being offered for a mere $5!!! Help us cover some of these insane petrol and toll costs so we can actually make it home!!!!

    24 Apr 12:18pm Reply
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