It wasn’t simply large music festivals and big-scale excursions that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As cities started to take the required steps to comprise the unfold of the virus, smaller acts started to expertise the altering panorama of reside music amid postponements and cancellations.
Artists coped with the pandemic in quite a lot of methods. In Savannah, we noticed many bands use the downtime to jot down and report, whereas some prioritized solo tasks. Others opted for a semi-permanent – we hope – hiatus to mirror and probably adapt and rework. Within the case of Atlanta-based, indie-pop band DOTS, previously stylized as DOT.S, the pandemic put the brakes on a 12 months that was meant to be spent touring. Nonetheless, regardless of the drastic change in plans, DOTS by no means stopped spinning their wheels.
“Training, recording and writing by no means stopped,” mentioned DOTS bandleader Ryan James. “We’ve been training this whole time.”
DOTS hasn’t performed a reside present in over a 12 months. Their final efficiency was at Savannah Stopover in March 2020. So, to be returning to Savannah 13 months later for a present on, April 6 at Victory North is kind of apropos for the group’s first, post-pandemic debut.
“It’s the longest I’ve ever gone with out taking part in reside in my lifetime,” defined James. “It’s going to be a 12 months’s price of vitality in a single present.”
It’s vitality that Savannah is thirsting for and if historical past is any indication, DOTS will ship. In any case, they’re regularly dubbed certainly one of Atlanta’s finest reside acts and in response to James, the present goes to be an expo of largely new music that has but to be “examined” in entrance of a reside viewers.
“Usually, we check the entire new music out in entrance of strangers and that didn’t occur this time round,” James mentioned on the impression of the pandemic.
In keeping with James, each reside present with DOTS is a brand new expertise as a result of they actually take within the reception of every music and finetune the music and the present primarily based on its reception. Tuesday’s present will likely be an experiment of kinds, which is becoming contemplating the band’s model of Depeche Mode-esque synth-pop, which is empirical in nature anyway.
DOTS has spent the final 12 months recording several-albums price of recent materials that, primarily based on launched movies of recent cuts recorded at Customary Electrical Recorders Co. in Decatur, continues to be danceable, kinetic rhythms and melancholic melodies which are bold and imaginative. Whereas the movies don’t come near matching the vitality of the group’s reside acts, that are as intimate as they’re filled with fanfare, in response to James, it was their finest effort at getting as near reside as they might amidst the circumstances.
“You are able to do reside sound efficiency from a lounge on an iMac, that’s tremendous, however it’s not what we wished to do,” James defined of his imaginative and prescient for the sequence of movies that you would be able to watch by clicking on the hyperlink of their Instagram bio @dotsmusics or on their Fb web page at @dotsmusic.
A number of new songs are showcased through the video sequence, however for James, of the batch, his favourite is “Being Born.” As a listener, there’s an apparent development from the band’s traditional dreamy tones. “Being Born” is strewn with indiscriminate sounds that whereas alone could also be aimless, land excellent beneath James’ vocals that carry the music. Lyrically, and thru the sonics that resonate a gloomier than traditional vitality for the group, it’s a music that stands out as a attainable new path that takes on emotions of melancholy, pushing earlier instructions of effervescent bliss into uncomfortable, but welcomed new locations.
Decide for your self on April 6 at Victory North. Doorways open at 7 p.m. and admission is $10. Capability will likely be restricted in gentle of social distancing efforts and masks will likely be required. As a bonus, Savannah favourite Donna Savage will likely be opening.