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C.D. On Songs: Asleep In A Box – "Dodge D"

June 7, 2010

I know it’s only Monday, but is never, ever too soon to begin thinking about the weekend. Everybody’s working for it, right? We suggest putting Asleep In A Box on your planner, as they will be appearing at Harper’s Ferry on Saturday night with Boatyard Resin, The LE Project and Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket. Or, I mean, you could go see them at the Camp Bisco 9 festival in Mariaville, New York, but we thought you’d appreciate the shorter trip to Allston. You’re welcome.

Asleep In A Box – “Dodge D”

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I have played a lot of videogames in my time. Lots and lots of videogames. Is this context informing my understanding of this track? Possibly. “Dodge D” seems to be the perfect soundtrack for a side-scrolling shooter; I am thinking perhaps Rush’n Attack or perhaps Contra. Definitely a Konami game.

There is definitely some implicit heroic firepower in Asleep In A Box’s instrumental track “Dodge D,” which, by the way, is not in the key of D. “Dodge G-Flat” isn’t really a catchy-sounding track title, so we’ll give them poetic license on this one. Like the side-scrollers of old, “Dodge D” is a linear trip of jumping, strafing, and, we suppose, dodging. A brisk tempo provides the auto-scroll (don’t fall off a ledge now), while a glowering guitar track provides the fire-ball power-up necessary to blast the Russian aliens back to the old country/planet.

“Dodge D” has a very real drive to it and the musical personality that is downright required for an instrumental track to stand on its own. There is enough of interest going on that you can’t even find a place where you’d want to fit in lyrics (or where lyrics would even fit). “Dodge D” is a triumphant, slow-motion explosion, slowed down to the point where you can see all the mini-explosions that make a big one. No cheat codes needed.

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