Review: Dawes, Ipswich Regent

Being a support band is at best difficult. Nobody has bought a ticket to see you and much of the audience have yet to take their seats and many who have are texting on their phones.

The Los Angeles-based band were supporting Mumford and Sons and soon drew the crowd’s attention with a great 40-minute set.

They have been together since 2009 and are touring to promote their second album Nothing Is Wrong, which was released in August.

They are made up of singer-guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums, keyboardist Tay Strathairn and bassist Wylie Gelber giving a blend of folk, country and rock with a driving guitar sound.

Opening with If I Wanted Someone, which has a Neil Young style guitar riff, the crowd was with them from then. One of the strongest numbers was When My Times comes from their first album North Hills.


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Legendary singer songwriter Jackson Browne has invited the band to both support and back him on a European tour.

DAVE KINDRED

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