I became aware of the band Dawes last year, a little late to the dance as their second record, Nothing Is Wrong, was released in June, 2011. From that first listen to If I Wanted Someone and Time spent In Los Angeles I became enamored, and have been making up for lost time ever since. Not only are their melodic melodies hypnotic and catching, but the lyrics are insightful, poetic and strike a chord from the first read. It’s easy to see why Bob Dylan has them opening for him on his April dates.
Dawes (composed of brothers Taylor-guitars and vocals and Griffin Goldsmith-drums, along with Wylie Gelber-bass and Tay Strathairn-keyboards), are considered part of the Laurel Canyon sound, which often cites influences such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others, yet is a band that absolutely has it’s feet planted in today’s modern rock sound.
On April 9, Dawes releases their new album, Stories Don’t End. The 12 tracks (11 songs and a reprise) were written by the bands front man, Taylor Goldmith, and was produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones). The first single, From The Window Seat (listen below) is burning up the air waves and wildly expanding their fan base.
Oh, and a few other great things about those Dawes boys. They have style to boot, and just returned from Rwanda with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to help fight malaria.While there they donated musical instruments to the Gihembe Refugee Camp, north of Kigali, Rwanda. Love them!!