Dawes release two new singles 'Telescope' and 'Never Gonna Say Goodbye'
The two new songs round up a list of four previewed singles from their upcoming album 'Passwords' set for a June 22 release via Dawes' very own HUB Records
Dawes are set to drop their latest album, 'Passwords', later this month on June 22 via their very own HUB Records. The follow-up to 2016’s 'We’re All Gonna Die' was previewed with a music video for 'Living In The Future', which has been described as "Dawes at their biggest and boldest, yearning and desperate, screaming into the void about the despair of modernity", and lead single 'Crack the Case', which was inspired by the process of writing on tour, looking forward to holidays and the band’s own keyboardist, Lee Pardini. Now, the Los Angeles folk-rockers have shared two more songs off the LP.
The first is titled 'Telescope' and finds Dawes looking at the grim homebound life of a boy named Ricky. “He watched the Bronco leave the driveway, the day after he turned ten,” frontman Taylor Goldsmith sings to set the premise of the song, his voice floating somberly over a wavering bass line. “His dad said the band’s booked up through Sunday/ Ricky never saw him again.”
'Never Gonna Say Goodbye', meanwhile, in stark contrast, turns the focus inward, as Goldsmith reflects on his pride and self-awareness (or perhaps lack thereof). “I never could admit when I was wrong, man, even when I felt it in my bones,” he confesses, crooning along to a sparse maraca and harmonic acoustic guitar notes. “I always thought it meant I was a strong man, and I wondered why I was alone.”
As per a press release, 'Passwords' is an album for and about the modern age: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape.
"We're living in such a unique moment in history,” says Taylor Goldsmith. “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story."
It's also been revealed that the album bounces between the familiar territory of guitar-driven indie rock (as was evident in 'Living In The Future'); SoCal soul, and modern folk, but also embraces a spacier, experimental approach thanks to the band's newest member, keyboardist Lee Pardini.
Dawes was reunited with producer Jonathan Wilson for this album, who produced the band's first two albums,
"Part of the DNA of Dawes was shaped by Jonathan," Goldsmith says. "Those first two Dawes records have a certain essence to them. We were figuring out who we were. When it came time to produce our sixth album, why not go back to the guy who started it all with us?"
Wilson adds: “I wanted to record them live and capture that magic that you can only get recording a real fucking band, that lives together and breathes together as a unit. There aren’t too many of those left, but I think we captured it.”
In August, Dawes will join Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra on their first North American tour in over 30 years, and open for the band in cities including Oakland, Denver, Dallas, as well as two shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and two shows at LA’s The Forum.
The band will also perform a date in Vienna, VA with Shovels and Rope and festival dates including Pilgrimage Music Festival. Find full dates below. Tickets for these dates are available now and can be purchased here. Dawes will alos be announcing a full North American headlining tour soon.
'Passwords' is available for pre-order now. Check out the album art for the upcoming album, the tracklisting as well as Dawes' full touring schedule below:
01. Living in the Future
02. Stay Down
03. Crack the Case
04. Feed the Fire
05. My Greatest Invention
07. I Can't Love
08. Mistakes We Should Have Made
09. Never Gonna Say Goodbye
10. Time Flies Either Way
Dawes 2018 tour dates:
August 2 /// Oakland, CA /// Oracle Arena*
August 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum*
August 5 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum*
August 8 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
August 10 /// Houston, TX /// Toyota Center*
August 13 /// Dallas, TX /// American Airlines Center*
August 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Allstate Arena*
August 16 /// Detroit, MI /// Little Caesars Arena*
August 17 /// Wellston, MI /// Hoxeyville Music Festival^
August 18 /// Toronto, ON /// Air Canada Centre*
August 21 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden*
August 22 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden*
August 23 /// Vienna, VA /// Wolf Trap&
August 24 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Wells Fargo Center*
September 15 /// Fredericton, NB, Canada /// Harvest Jazz And Blues Festival^
September 16 /// Canton, MA /// Festival At The Farm^
September 22 /// Franklin, TN /// Pilgrimage Music Festival^
* w/ Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra
^ Festival Date
& w/ Shovels & Rope