The Dodos are an indie folk band which formed in San Francisco, California, United States in 2005. They consist of Meric Long (vocals, guitar), Logan Kroeber (drums) and Keaton Snyder (vibraphone, percussion).
The Dodos began playing music together in 2005, when Meric Long, who had been gigging steadily in San Francisco as a solo singer-songwriter, was introduced to Logan Kroeber through a mutual friend.
Dodo Bird EP
Long self-released a solo EP titled “Dodo Bird” in February 2005 which featured percussion by Kroeber on some tracks. Long and Kroeber continued to play music together.
Beware of the Maniacs
The duo released the 2006 album Beware of the Maniacs, which was self-released under the “Dodo Bird” moniker. In support of the album, Long and Kroeber toured relentlessly for most of 2007. The band began to receive critical attention and developed a growing fan base. Fans began referring to Dodo Bird simply as “The Dodos”, and the band decided to change their name accordingly.
In December 2007, the Dodos were signed by Frenchkiss Records and they released their second album Visiter in March 2008, to critical acclaim.
In an April 2008 interview in the L.A. Record, Long revealed the origin of the name of Visiter. “The reason it’s misspelled is because it’s from a drawing this kid gave us. We played a show for a bunch of kids in South Central L.A.—Dorsey High. A friend’s sister is a special-ed teacher there, so we went down there to her class and we played for the kids and it was super fun. Then it came to the kids asking us questions and then one of the kids came up to us and he gave us a drawing with that written on it.
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