Dawes’ highly anticipated new album, We’re All Gonna Die, will be released September 16 via their own HUB Records. We’re All Gonna Die was recorded at EastWest Studios (Los Angeles, CA) with additional recording at The Boat (Silverlake, CA) and was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes). The record features ten original tracks and includes backing vocals from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, MandyMoore and Will Oldham.
Listen to the album in its entirety here at NPR. For listeners familiar with their cozy “Laurel Canyon” sound, We’re All Gonna Die represents a departure from the organics to a more experimental LP featuring new textures and melodic angles.
Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “These songs were all written in a very short period of time, very close together. In that sense I feel like there was a consistency in mood and outlook our other records don’t have. Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.”
The band consists of Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals, percussion) andLee Pardini (keyboards, vocals), replacing Tay Strathairn, who left the band in autumn 2015.