Rodney Castro and Bryan Pasian met while posting ‘musicians wanted’ ads on Facebook. But as we all know too well, some of those ads are directed purely to one form of music…the hardcore. As luck would have it, Castro and Pasian found each other. They also found out that they were neighbors that lived in the same area, within blocks of each other in Washington Heights, NY and they formed their band Doziac.
Their EP What Do We Do? has a surprising strong balance between the evolutions of each song. The majority of the time when a new band comes out, you’ll have that ‘every song sounds like just a longer version of the one before.’ Happily, that is not true in this case. I was intrigued by the free flowing vocals, with the adjustment of the bass fleeting in and out as a beam of light. There is a funky, blues, jazz element to each track, like on “Ectasy” where it picks up a mere seconds into the song, and then from there it fills the room with a chorus and rambunctious energy. “Anthem” (originally a Zebrahead song) is a clever cover. This was not only a right choice but you are able to hear how ahead of the game Doziac already is.
While the first four songs of the EP are instantly catchy and groove intended, the last song “Irrelevant Love Song” is a slower beat that drags on the heart strings a bit and shows a lullaby side that not many bands can convey because it either it comes off as too cheesy or horrible.
What keeps running through my mind is the fact that New York still has the guts to hide these musicians that are clearly on the brink of something big. You would never think that a place deemed “The Big Apple” could be hiding some talent around the corner. Nevertheless we have uncovered them. So get caught up in the catchy hooks that Doziac represents and be prepared to hear the intricate rhythms, stopped beats and at times drum sequences.
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