.

Dawes Push Past Throwback Sound on New Album

Los Angeles band will release 'Stories Don't End' on April 9th

Dawes
Shane Peters
January 15, 2013 12:30 PM ET

Although Dawes leader Taylor Goldsmith is more than the sum of his influences, the name of Dawes' upcoming third album, Stories Don't End, doesn't exactly help his case: The folk-rockers borrowed the line from Joan Didion's novel Democracy, but Goldsmith says it fits.

Photos: Behind the Scenes at Lollapalooza

"I feel like a big part of our existence is, 'Dawes is this cool band that takes us back to the Seventies,' which is never something we wanted at all," Goldsmith tells Rolling Stone. "Obviously we have our influences, and I know that some of what we do as a band is of another time, even simple aspects like guitar solos. So I get it, I'm not mad at it, but at the same time, we just wanted to make sure people saw us as a modern band as well. With this album, thanks to what [producer] Jacquire [King] is really good at, we're able to stay a rock & roll band and maintain classic qualities, but at the same time, it makes sense that this record is coming out in 2013."

Dawes
Dawes
Josh Rhinehart

Dawes will release Stories Don't End on April 9th through their own label in conjunction with their management company, Q Prime, after leaving ATO Records last year. "Some people might depend on a label's vision of what a record should be, but that's never been us," Goldsmith says.

Recorded in five weeks last September in Asheville, North Carolina, Stories Don't End features clean production from King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones), who helped the band break out of its vintage mold, though they don't completely strip away that Laurel Canyon sound.

"These are the same four guys that you've gotten to know very well on the first two records, but at the same time, this album feels like a growth," Goldsmith says.

Dawes
Dawes
Josh Rhinehart

Dawes will trade their Los Angeles home base for the road again this spring and summer, with dates reaching into 2014. The tour is bound to be quite different from how the foursome spent last summer, opening for Mumford & Sons as they released their Number One album Babel. Although Goldsmith says Dawes learned a lot from touring with the English folk-rockers, the singer draws from plenty of other source material as well.

"I've learned what to look for in a relationship from Leonard Cohen, and I've learned how to calm down and lead a more peaceful existence through Will Oldham [aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy]," Goldsmith says. "It's more than just songwriting – these are role models through their work. I'm not saying I can do that, but it's definitely what inspires me."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com