Release Date: 01 June 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|DAWES All Your Favorite Bands Limited Vinyl LP
LA rock quartet Dawes' highly anticipated new album, All Your Favorite Bands, is released on their own HUB Records. Produced by David Rawlings at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, this is the band's fourth album. It includes nine bracing new original recordings written by Taylor Goldsmith, except for the title track, which was co-written with Jonny Fritz. The album highlights the outstanding musicianship of Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, background vocals), Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (keyboards, background vocals) that Dawes fans around the world have come to cherish. All Your Favorite Bands also features the vocal support of Gillian Welch and The McCrary Sisters, as well as David Rawlings on guitar and vocals, Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. This is Dawes' first record since 2013's acclaimed Stories Don't End, which Rolling Stone awarded four out of five stars, saying its "gorgeous tunes hide a not-so-peaceful, not-so-easy feeling." Where in the past, Dawes developed their songs in the studio and took them to new heights as they evolved on the road, this time they decided to go in the opposite direction. Before going into Woodland Sound, they hit the road for two weeks of small club dates in their native California with producer Rawlings in tow. Night after night, the band road-tested the new material as Rawlings stood in the crowd taking notes. The five of them would discuss the set after each show and break the songs down, tear them apart and build them again so by the time they arrived in Nashville after a summer of touring opening for Conor Oberst and performing as his band, they were already stretching out and comfortable with them. The Rawlings production is raw and not overwrought, while the band's playing and signature group singing is meticulous, and Taylor's poetry is intuitive and piercing, as he uncovers nuances in people's relationships with each other and the world around them.