When you see an artist perform live, they often throw in only one or two heartfelt tunes. They opt for the crowd-pleasers and more upbeat selections. Fortunately with Dawes, their music is all three.
To those of you who find lyrics important, you’ve probably already discovered Dawes. I’ve found their music can make you feel strong, lament the past, or enjoy the moment you’re in. An old girlfriend introduced just one of their songs to me. I spammed it so much, it was months before I gave the rest of their catalog an opportunity.
If you’re familiar with Things Happen, Right on Time, or A Little Bit of Everything (The one I was first introduced to), you’ll be happy to know none of the feeling behind any of their music is lost in their live performance. In some instances, it is enhanced.
It helped that Taylor Goldsmith regularly announced what a song meant to him before they performed it.
Humbly, he also mentioned how pleased he was with the size of the crowd and venue.
He was also happy to announce that his brother Griffin had joined the band on drums. These moments helped me connect with the artists, and even more with the music.
By the time their final song, “All Your Favorite Bands” was being sung along to by the audience, I had shivers. If you have a child, love music, or enjoy smiling, then this song will move you.
To quote Cake frontman, John McCrea, “Sad songs and Waltzes aren’t selling this year”. You wouldn’t know it from the turnout that enjoyed this lovely band from Los Angeles. This was a show full of both fun and meaningful music.
What else should life be about?