The thrashing, sweaty Baltimore noise rock four piece Dope Body is calling it quits after a nine year-run, and they're going out with two shows planned for Baltimore.
The first is at Metro Gallery on May 13 with Girl Crush, 83 Cutlass, and Guerilla Toss. A night later, they'll be at Floristree with Earth Eater and Chain and the Gang.
In 2014, I sat down with the members of Dope Body and Roomrunner to talk about their new releases and the life of an indie band grinding it out on the road. For me, the conversation was enlightening, and it proved to be a good road map to anyone out there thinking of starting a band.
Two years before that, Bret McCabe talked with the band about finding the "next level of its bruising sound."
The members of Dope Body—Andrew Laumann, Zachary Utz, John Jones, and David Jacober—are all still involved in terrific projects. But the brash, ear-splitting, high energy of their band is sure to be missed. Do yourself a favor and get to one of these final shows.
UPDATE: On its Facebook page, the band posted the flier along with the message: "This is The End. Thank you for all the support over the years, it's been a wild ride..."
UPDATE TWO: Guitarist Zach Utz offered the following comment: "I would say we have all become increasingly interested in our own personal endeavors and we've subsequently gotten to a point where we feel unable to devote enough time to Dope Body to develop it into anything other than what it's already been. We all agreed we would rather kind of burn out than fade away and it feels fitting to call it quits rather than just let it linger in this vague hiatus sort of mode.
"We think It feels more appropriate and true to the nature of the project to have it end in a sort of blast. The whole idea of the band was to perform live in an almost ostentatious manner and doing TWO final shows is clearly not the most self-effacing way to end your band, but you know what fuck it. We want to suck as much out of these shows as possible as performers and rememberers of an important period of our lives. We want the end of the band to be a memorable event and hopefully people will come because they expect it to be just that based on our past performances. All of us are in a good personal places outside the [band] and we each plan to be intimately involved in Baltimore's art and music scene in the forever future. It's been a transformative 8 years."