COMING UP: Dawes at The Kazimier, 10 July 2012

Los Angeles quartet Dawes will be bringing their mellow Americana sound to The Kazimier on Tuesday 10 July, one of just three UK non-festival dates and the only one in the North of England.

Loose Music have just re-released Dawes’ first album ‘North Hills’ in Europe (available now). A graceful and poetic set of Southern-tinged yet firmly El Lay rock’n’roll, the album is an electrifying and accomplished freshman effort. From the ruminative opener ‘That Western Skyline’ to the joyous twang of ‘When You Call My Name’ to the harmony-soaked ‘Take Me Out of the City,’ its easy to see why Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller called it “hands down one of the finest records of 2009…Dawes is a perfect band.”

The Los Angeles quartet—Goldsmith, 23, (vocals, guitar), his brother Griffin Goldsmith, 18, (drums, vocals), Wylie Gelber, 21 (bass) and Alex Casnoff, 22 (piano, vocals) [however, Tay Strathairn plays piano, vocals on the record] – have been folk legend Jackson Browne‘s backing band, most noticeably at The Occupy Wall St gig last year. 

Dawes made ‘North Hills’ with Jonathan Wilson, the musician and producer (Jenny Lewis, Gary Louris, Jonathan Rice, Elvis Costello) known for hosting weekly jam sessions at his Laurel Canyon cottage (which also serves as a recording studio). Back in the day, Laurel Canyon was where Joni Mitchell, CSN, the Mamas and the Papas and the Eagles all spent some of their time. “There’s that romantic aspect of Laurel Canyon, yeah—Jonathan embodied that,” says Goldsmith. But more importantly, “the way he records was very much in line with what we respond to musically. We did it all on two-inch tape, with no computers, which really forced us to step up. It was recorded live, and all the mics were right next to each other, so we couldn’t just keep an acoustic guitar take, or re-do a drum take. It added a spontaneous vibe that hopefully comes off more inspired.”

These days, Goldsmith and the rest of Dawes don’t have a home—except maybe onstage, where the music’s louder and a whole lot wilder, Goldsmith putting all of his emotion on the line each a night. “A full-on rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut of classic dimensions and potentially legendary proportions,” the Bluegrass Special’s David McGee says of the live show, which was also good enough to get Dawes signed to ATO after a single live performance in New York during their tour. So don’t miss out on your chance to see this great band!

10 July 2012
The Kazimier
Tickets are £12.50 from ticketweb, ticketline and Probe Records. 


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