The very first post on Visible Voice back in March of 2010 was a live recording of Dawes at Great Scott in Allston, so it's fitting to mark the approximate 1 year anniversary of the site with a brand new recording of Dawes. While I marvel at the growth of Visible Voice in the last year, the ascent of Dawes in that same timeframe is staggering. From a tiny, albeit sold out, Great Scott in February to a monumental breakout set at Newport Folk to another sold out Royale show in November, the band has been playing larger and larger venues across the country, and growing an ever-larger fanbase. It's really no surprise - when I first heard Dawes sometime in early 2009 I liked what I heard, but wasn't a believer until I saw them live. They play with a passion and intensity that seems to becoming more rare among many of today's entitled, P4k-hyped buzz bands. Dawes is doing it the old fashioned way, and it's paying off.
Playing first on a stacked bill that also included Deer Tick and Middle Brother, Dawes played to an already-packed house - opening with Bedside Manner from 2009 debut North Hills. Their set consisted of a fairly even mix of old favorites and new tracks from their upcoming sophomore LP. Highlights from the new songs include "If I Wanted Someone" and "Fire Away", both hard-edged takes on the rootsy classic rock sound that has become the band's trademark. Jonny Corndawg joined the band for a 5-song mini-set of his own tunes, expousing the benefits of exercise, razors and taking out the trash. Anyone that wasn't already a convert certainly was by the time the set ended, as John McCauley joined the band for an expectedly blistering take on "When My Time Comes", a cathartic singalong and brilliant set closer.
The full recording is available for stream or download below in pristine sound (soundboard+room matrix). Thanks to the staff at the Paradise for a fantastic mix, and to Dawes for their taper-friendly polilcies. I hope everyone enjoys this...it's a good one!
Paradise Rock Club - Boston MA
March 3, 2011
How Far We've Come
My Girl To Me
That Western Skyline
If I Wanted Someone
Out In The Woods (Leon Russell cover)
Peace In The Valley
Keep Your Body Happy Through Exercise (w/ Jonny Corndawg)
Shaved Like A Razor (w/ Jonny Corndawg)
When A Ford Man Turns To Chevy (w/ Jonny Corndawg)
Trashday (w/ Jonny Corndawg)
Goodbye (w/ Jonny Corndawg)
When My Time Comes (w/ John McCauley)
Full set download: mp3 zip
Related post: Middle Brother - Live at the Paradise Boston MA 3.3.11