The newly renamed D.I.D. (formerly Dog Is Dead) made their return to playing live music where they last left off, selling out gigs in their hometown. With the energy we have come to expect from them, they played through their old material and gave us a sample of their new work. Impact took a look at their new material at Nottingham’s home of local music The Bodega.
The band started off fairly slowly, but by the time they began to play ‘River Jordan’ they had reached their typically dynamic peak. The audience responded by forming a fairly tame mosh pit, the intentions were there though. The band were clearly enjoying themselves, with guitarist and vocalist Robert White rarely without a cheesy grin to go with his glorious man-bun and beard combination, and this translated to the crowd who bounced along for the rest of the night. The Bodega was decked out with balloons, mixing with D.I.D.’s gusto and strobe lighting to create a triumphant party atmosphere on the eve of the release of their new material.
Halfway through the set, lead vocalist, Rob Milton coyly asked us if we’d like to hear some of their new material, with the crowd responding as enthusiastically as ever. D.I.D. launched into the confident, groovy guitar and bass lines and crashing drums of their new song ‘Hotel’, whilst retaining the soulful harmonies for which we know them well. In doing so, they gave the crowd a taste of their new sound; time will tell if the entire upcoming album will take this tone, or whether D.I.D. will remain as eclectic as ever. Other highlights from the set include some stripped down, a capella introductions to some old favourites, and finishing the encore with a lively rendition of possibly their best known song, ‘Teenage Daughter’.
[quote]We can be sure that they will approach their new music with the same confidence as always, and remain one of Nottingham’s most exciting artists[/quote]
D.I.D. rocked The Bodega once again, and it will be interesting to follow them as they continue to find an innovative sound to match their revised name. We can be sure that they will approach their new music with the same confidence as always, and remain one of Nottingham’s most exciting artists as they begin to mature and develop as a band.
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