Dodavahu – Buy This Tape

Dodavahu
Buy This Tape
1994? (no label)
Elkton, Maryland, USA

Matt Kenenske – Guitar, vocals
Darrel Jesonis – Bass, little vocals
Luke Kenenske – Drums, very little vocals

Side 1:

  1. Waiting for So Long
  2. Silly World
  3. SNG 4
  4. Façade

Side 2:

  1. Attitude
  2. Where I Am
  3. Compromise Hour
  4. As I Looked

Dodavahu was an underground band that got some national exposure by being on several high (and not so high) profile compilations in the 90s. They did record one full length CD, but never signed to any labels – even though they probably should have. Their sound was that heavy funk alternative spazz rock that was popular in the mid-90s. They were a bit more focused than Dig Hay Zoose, but with more swagger than Don’t Know. But I guess it wasn’t meant to be. “Waiting for So Long,” “Silly World,” “Compromise Hour,” and “As I Looked” were also on their 1991 demo as well.

Dodavahu – Dodavahu

Dodavahu
Dodavahu
1991 (no label)
Elkton, Maryland, USA

Possible band members:

Matt Kenenske – guitar, vocals
Darrell Jesonis – bass, little vocals
Luke Kenenske – drums, very little vocals

Side 1:

  1. Change
  2. TSTDWTWDHANFY
  3. A Prayer
  4. Still

Side 2:

  1. Waiting for So Long
  2. Silly World
  3. Compromise Hour
  4. As I Looked

This is the earliest known demo by heavy alternative/groove band Dodavahu. They went on to release at least one more demo (Buy This Tape – date unknown, possibly 1994) and one full length CD (Steamroller.Files in 1996) after this. They are often referred to as funk metal like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. While that is a good starting place, there is also comparisons to bands like Dig HayZoose and Four Living Creatures. Dodavahu was popular on compilations and tour circuits, so it is possible that you might have heard of them before. I love this type of music – it was kind of the next evolution of “heavy” before grunge came in and stole the whole “heavy alternative” crown. I don’t know much about this demo other than what I can find online. “Waiting for So Long,” “Silly World,” “Compromise Hour,” and “As I Looked” all made in onto Buy This Tape as well. At one point, someone shared an image of another demo of theirs, but I don’t know if this is the same demo with a different cover or a different one:

Missing Information: who played on this.