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Interview:
Dawes at the Majestic, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Coming out of Los Angeles with a distinctive brand of folk-flavored rock, Dawes have covered a lot of ground in a small amount of time.

The quartet has released five studio albums and a pair of live sets in just eight years while also maintaining a heavy touring schedule. It's latest album, "We're All Gonna Die," represents a bit of a shift in direction thanks to producer Blake Mills, but not so much that fans won’t' recognize what brought them to the Dawes party in the first place...

Dawes' fifth album, "We're All Gonna Die," came out in September, and drummer Griffin Goldsmith says that playing the material live has been a challenge this time around. "We weren't exactly sure how it was going to sound (live) while we were making the record because it was a different way of recording for us," Goldsmith, 26, explains by phone from Austin, Texas. "It consisted of us going in and starting from the ground up and building the tracks, one thing on top of another, rather than just playing the songs together. So it forced us to go learn the songs rather than having an idea of what they were going to sound like already."

"We're All Gonna Die" features several guests, including Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Lucius, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and, most interestingly, Mandy Moore, who's frontman Taylor Goldsmith's girlfriend. "Mandy was in and out of the studio all the time," Griffin Goldsmith says. "She's obviously such a good singer herself, so we thought, 'Might as well have her sing on it. she'll sound great.' And she did."

Though there's plenty of life left in the current album, and tour plans until at least mid-November, Dawes is already starting to think about its next project. "We'll probably take a month off for Christmas and hopefully at that point we'll have it figured out, what we're gonna do next," the drummer says. "We have songs. I want to (experiment) further but I think ultimately the songs will dictate the way they need to be treated. I can see the songs we have working in a number of different ways. It's hard to tell right now, which is part of the excitement for us. We're definitely looking forward to recoding and starting this again."

Dawes

Friday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $25.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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