Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber
|Genres||Folk rock, indie folk, indie rock|
|Labels||North America: ATO Records, Hub Records
Europe: Loose Music, Mercury Records
|Associated acts||Simon Dawes, Middle Brother|
|Members||Taylor Goldsmith, guitar & vocals
Griffin Goldsmith, drums
Wylie Gelber, bass
Tay Strathairn, keyboards
|Past members||Alex Casnoff, keyboards|
Dawes is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (keyboards). Dawes was formed from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of co-songwriter Blake Mills, subsequently abandoning a post-punk sound in favor of folk rock.
Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, which often cites influences such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others. At the invitation of producer Jonathan Wilson, the band joined a local informal jam session that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes's Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage". Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.
Original keyboardist Alex Casnoff left the band in late 2010, and was replaced by Tay Strathairn.
The band made their television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on April 14, 2010. The band took off the month of September to record their next album. Dawes released their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, on June 7, 2011 and toured the US co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper.
Dawes played alongside Jackson Browne at Occupy Wall Street's Liberty Park, on December 1, 2011, performing "When My Time Comes" and "How Far We've Come." The band also appeared as themselves on the February 7 episode of the NBC television series Parenthood.
On February 8, 2013, the band released the first single "From a Window Seat" from their third album Stories Don't End, which was released on Red General Catalog in the US and on Hub Records in Canada for April 9, 2013.
- North Hills (August 18, 2009) ATO Records
- Nothing Is Wrong (June 7, 2011) ATO Records, (September 5, 2011) Loose Music, Europe
- Stories Don't End (April 9, 2013) Red General Catalog (US), Hub Records (Canada)
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