Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber
|Origin||Los Angeles, CA|
|Genres||Folk rock, indie folk, indie rock|
|Labels||North America: ATO Records, MapleMusic Recordings, Hub Records,
Europe: Loose Music, Mercury Records,
|Associated acts||Simon Dawes, Middle Brother, The New Basement Tapes|
|Members||Taylor Goldsmith, guitar & vocals
Griffin Goldsmith, drums
Wylie Gelber, bass
|Past members||Alex Casnoff, keyboards
Tay Strathairn, keyboards
Description and history
Dawes is 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 has been described as having a Laurel Canyon sound derived from artists such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
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. 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 the Occupy Wall Street event in Liberty Park, on December 1, 2011. The band also appeared as themselves on the February 7, 2012 episode of the NBC television series Parenthood.
In December 2013, the song "Just Beneath the Surface" from Stories Don't End was featured in the episode "Independent Movie" of the animated series American Dad!
On September 30, 2015, the departure of keyboardist Tay Strathairn was announced in a Facebook post.
- 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)
- All Your Favorite Bands (June 2, 2015) Hub Records
- Stripped Down at Grimey's (November 29, 2013) Hub Records
- "Wrote a Song for Everyone" (May 28, 2013) Vanguard
- "Christmas In LA" (December 1, 2013) Island Records
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- JENNY ELISCU (2009-10-13). "North Hills – Dawes". Rolling stone. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Aly Comingore (2009-12-17). "Dawes Plays Muddy Waters:L.A. Folk Rockers Channel Vintage California". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- Shannon Cosgrove (19 February 2011). "Q & A with indie rock band Dawes". University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- Jackson Browne & Dawes Play Zuccotti (VIDEO), Gosztola, Kevin; Firedoglake.com, December 2, 2011, accessed December 3, 2011
- Dawes Set to Make Cameo on NBC's Parenthood, Vitcavage, Adam; pastemagazine.com, February 7, 2012, accessed February 14, 2012
- "New Song: "From A Window Seat"". Official Dawes band homepage. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
- "Dawes Face Fears on "From a Window Seat" – Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-10.