Dawes Announces New Album | All Your Favorite Bands

By Andy Kahn Apr 6, 2015 9:40 am PDT

Dawes has announced the arrival of a new album, All Your Favorite Bands, on June 2 via the group’s Hub Records label. The Los Angeles-based foursome recorded their fourth studio album and follow-up to 2013’s Stories Don’t End in Nashville at Woodland Sound Studios with famed producer David Rawlings. Guests artists appearing on the album include Rawlings on guitar and vocals, his frequent collaborator Gillian Welch and The McCrary Sisters on backing vocals, Richard Bennett on guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. Dawes shared “Things Happen,” the new LP’s opening track and lead single, which you can stream below.

“The main line of the title track is ‘And may all your favorite bands stay together,’” said frontman Taylor Goldsmith.  “I know that my favorite bands are a really deep part of who I am.  They help define me, they help represent me, they trigger certain emotional memories, and they stand for the ideals and lifestyle that I will always hope to achieve.  And I don’t mean rock and roll fantasies, but rather concepts like freedom and enlightenment. I would love for someone wishing me well to put it in the terms of ‘may all your favorite bands stay together.’  That would be a real friend.  That person would know what truly matters. To me, the statement of ‘All Your Favorite Bands’ immediately gets down to a highly personal and singular part of anybody in a way that few other concepts can.  So that’s why we named our record after that song.”

“Despite taking these songs on the road a little before heading into the studio, the only things we’ve ever been concerned with are honoring the songs and the inspired moments that come from truly playing together and reacting to each other,” said Taylor. “Not only expressing ourselves by how we play individually, but also expressing each other by how we play together. After spending so much time playing music on stages and having to react in the moment, creating comfort zones in the studio where we’re supposed to take our time, play separately, and play songs as many times as we wanted feels foreign and uncomfortable. In short, having to think about the bigger picture rather than our individual performances is what makes us a band.  With this new record, all the lead vocals, guitar solos, simultaneous piano and organ and of course bass and drums were all done at the same time. And listening back, we really felt like we were listening to the way we thought we sounded. And that’s all we could ever want.”

Dawes launched a PledgeMusic campaign for pre-ordering the All Your Favorite Bands which includes a limited edition CD and vinyl package, The record is also available for pre-order via iTunes

All Your Favorite Bands Tracklist:

1. Things Happen
2. Somewhere Along the Way
3. Don’t Send Me Away
4. All Your Favorite Bands
5. I Can’t Think About It Now
6. To Be Completely Honest
7. Waiting For Your Call
8. Right on Time
9. Now That It’s Too Late, Maria

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