Dawes, a band known for their classic rock sound, will release their third studio album Stories Don’t End on April 9. With it, they’re hoping to tweak their reputation.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, band leader Taylor Goldsmith says he understands why listeners connect Dawes to older bands that played during the Nixon administration but he, and the band, are ready for something different.
“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 said.
“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.
“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.”
Recorded last September in Asheville, North Carolina, Stories Don’t End will be released via Q Prime, a label they’ve formed in conjunction with their management company. Dawes will launch an extensive tour beginning in the spring.
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