Dawes continues their recent prolific streak with the announcement of their new album Misadventure of Doomscroller out July 22nd. Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), Misadventure of Doomscrollerrepresents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.
Dawes had shared their epic new single, “Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax,” available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. Check it out below…
“We’ve always prided ourselves on being minimalists. With this record we set out on being MAXIMALISTS,” says Goldsmith. “Still a quartet. Still not letting these songs hide behind any tricks or effects. But really letting the songs breathe and stretch and live however they want to. We decided to stop having any regard for short attention spans. Our ambitions go beyond the musical with this one.
“We also wanted to honor the traditional length of a vinyl record – 40-45 minutes – but disregard any concern for numbers of tracks. The way Miles or Herbie often did. Documenting the songs is only half of the picture. For this record, they’re also the platform for us to jump off from and get lost in. I think the best way I can say it is – we wanted this record to be less a collection of songs and more a collection of music.”
“We wanted a musical drama, an ensemble cast with linked arms kicking highly; a transcription of a band meeting we haven’t even had yet,” adds bassist Wylie Gelber. “Eight legs and eight arms, in a room, stretching deeper than we ever knew we could…The Intros have Outros. The Outros have Bridges.”
A full-album concert film of the band performing MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA will be available for free starting today at 12:30 PM ET through this Sunday, May 8 at midnight ET. The audio was produced by Jonathan Wilson and the film was directed by Caitlin Gerard. It will be taken down at midnight ET Sunday, but the version of “Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax” will remain. Subsequent songs from the film will be re-posted through the album release date.
Dawes will mark the arrival of MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a wide-ranging international live schedule, including headline shows, festival performances, and a summer tour with The Head and The Heart. Highlights include a very special Independence Day event with Phil Lesh & Friends, set for Monday, July 4 at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage. Additional dates will be announced. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour.