Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Holy Holy, The DMAs, Gang of Youths, The Creases, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever


band members

Jared Higgs - Vocals Budo J. Miller - Guitar Tim Stewart - Bass Alex Coad - Drums


Influences

The Smiths, The Police, The Clash, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Costello


Unearthed artists we like

The Kava Kings, PLANET, The Ruminaters, Lola Scott


Website

soundcloud.com/dokoband

Bio

Indie-pop and Psychedelic Rock just had an illegitimate love child. Born out of wedlock, Doko entered this world as a band trying to find their feet in a post lockout law Sydney. They have relentlessly gigged up and down the East Coast for the last 2 years building an enthusiastic following. From playing full capacity headline shows, opening for larger acts (Eskimo Joe, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter) in huge rooms, the band has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

Doko dropped their radio-unfriendly EP Dezmonia in 2017, an uncompromising foray into psychedelic beach rock. With assistance from producer Chris Rolans (Lanie Lane, Cloud Control) they created something wild and unique while still holding on to their pop sensibilities. The EP’s “care-free licks and crooning vocals” were met with an enthusiastic reception from fans and local media, receiving an A+ rating from the Pilerats music blog.

The EP picked up support from FBi Radio, local press coupled with an east coast tour, the EP had reached a new audience and the crowds began to grow. Dezmonia had also picked up some international support, with rotation from American and Canadian college radio stations, including KYSM San Antonio (2nd most played), KCSS Turlock Canada, WTJU Virginia, WPPB New York and many more.

Doko have spent the last two years writing and recording a handful of singles with ARIA award winning producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, I Know Leopard). During this time the band had built upon their sound, taking influence from the New Wave acts of the late 70s & 80s with a modern twist. These recording sessions produced a number of singles receiving support from Unearthed, community radio and racking up around 140k+ streams on Spotify alone. The band’s next offering, ‘Maybe Leave A Light On’ is their strongest. Disappointingly they had to cancel their national tour due to the covid-19 outbreak, this would have been their fourth Australian tour in 14 months, but the band are looking to spend some time in the studio to deliver the goods through the rest of 2020.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

14 Apr 2020

Triple J
40

what a skuzzy instant classic from doko. there's a bit of the vanns mixed with (take this in a good way) rob thomas.

what a skuzzy instant classic from doko. there's a bit of the vanns mixed with (take this in a good way) rob thomas.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

16 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

groove and swagger sit deeply within this one from doko.

groove and swagger sit deeply within this one from doko.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

09 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

A very positive next step for this group. Been waiting for them to deliver a bit of a knockout and this has all the right parts from the angular post-punk instrumentation to the urgent vocals.

A very positive next step for this group. Been waiting for them to deliver a bit of a knockout and this has all the right parts from the angular post-punk instrumentation to the urgent vocals.