When your band is named The Dodos and your new album is called “Time to Die,” expect extinction jokes. But for Meric Long, lead singer and guitarist of the San Francisco band that will headline the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 13, it’s no joke.
“It started as a dumb catchphrase,” said Long. “But it [now] means committing to something, which is representative of getting older.”
Older and wiser, perhaps. After last year’s breakthrough LP “Visiter,” the band needed to diffuse the pressure when it headed into the studio this time around.
“With all the expectations, we had to have an attitude of, ‘Well, f—k it, we’re going to make this record, we’re going to do what we want, and we’re just going to commit to it whether we’re doing the right thing or not.’”
So far, no worries there. “Time to Die,” which is just out on Frenchkiss Records, has been compared favorably to the Shins, Fleet Foxes and Bands of Horses.
The Dodos at the Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues, (718) 486-5400], Oct. 13 at 9 pm. Tickets are $17. — Meredith Deliso