Dawes are a very young band with influences that go a bit against the grain to guys in their early 20’s. Songwriter and lead singer Taylor Goldsmith is 23, and I think the oldest of the band which includes his brother Griffin Goldsmith on drums, bassist Wylie Gelber and Alex Casnoff on keys and vocals.
Commenting on the musical influence that California’s Laurel Canyon area has had on them, Goldsmith told the Weekender, “There are a lot of people like Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young whose influences are in our sound. I think their music is a different experience for us. It’s sort of like what I imagine it may be for someone from New Jersey listening to (Bruce) Springsteen. The music speaks to them differently.”
That’s something Jon Stewart reminds us all of whenever he gets the chance. We caught the band (fans call them Dawesome) performing back at SXSW: