“Good Luck With Whatever is another Lucky Strike for One of Rock’s Best Bands.” – Variety

“Enter Dawes and its new album, Good Luck with Whatever. Man, it’s a good one.” – No Depression

"Hell, there isn’t a single song here that doesn’t creep under the skin and remain lodged there for the duration of the encounter. Every one speaks directly to its listeners and resonates with them as well." – American Songwriter

"This seventh studio effort of theirs not only represents a logical progression for the quartet, but it also augurs well for its continued evolution." – Glide

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – LA rockers, Dawes, have released their new album, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER, today via Rounder Records. It’s the band’s seventh studio LP and was produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A. To celebrate the release, the band will perform a live drive-in concert on Saturday, October 17 at City National Grove of Anaheim. Tickets on sale now via AXS.com.  One ticket per vehicle, each passenger must have a safety belt.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded earlier in the year by the releases of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? and St. Augustine At Night. The high-spirited Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. The band performed both songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August. In July, Goldsmith received an Emmy nod in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for his original song Memorized from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

Several weeks later, the band released the captivating and reflective Still Feel Like A Kid, and most recently shared the deeply thoughtful and insightful Didn’t Fix Me, with a profoundly touching animated music video.

Consequence of Sound premiered Didn't Fix Me, saying, "Now more than ever, we’re all on our own journeys to try and feel just a little bit better. Of course, the double-edged sword of it all is no matter how good a place we find ourselves in, this year has made it ever more clear that such harmony is frail. But as anyone with any experience giving or receiving mental health advice will tell you, that’s normal. Feeling 100% all the time is an unfeasible expectation – and that’s okay. If you ever need a reminder of that, Dawes have delivered what could be the perfect musical hug with their new song...If you’re at all empathetic to the emotional strains of daily life, grab a box of tissues and check out the video."

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? here
Watch St. Augustine At Night here
Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? on Jimmy Kimmel here
Watch St. Augustine At Night on Jimmy Kimmel here
Listen to Still Feel Like A Kid here
Watch Didn’t Fix Me here

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