Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers Dawes share their epic new single, “Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax,” available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official music video is also now available today via YouTube.
“Someone Else’s Café/Doomscroller Tries to Relax” marks the opening track from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now.
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“The first half of this song could be about tyrants,” says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “But it could also be about anyone who thinks that a little more control is gonna make everything ok. The second half is a response to that developing reality of the first half. The world might be a scary place sometimes but, to some degree, I want to believe I can decide how I respond to it.
“Every time a take was completed felt like a major accomplishment. It being 10 minutes really raised the stakes. Didn’t wanna be the guy to mess up in minute 7 or 8 with everyone playing flawlessly up to that point. This whole album, and this song especially, felt a little beyond our comfort zone and I’m really proud of what that’s done to the music. I like to think that you can hear the eye contact, that you can hear us thinking on our feet. It’s already become a top 5er to play live. Happy to finally have it out in the world.”
Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.
“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.
11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Whiskey X @ Industry City
21 – Prescott, AZ – Pure Imagination Festival *
4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
24-25 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals)