TURF reviews: Dawes at Fort York – July 6, 2013

Dawes bassist Wylie Gelber at TURF July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Dawes bassist Wylie Gelber at TURF July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Travelling from Los Angeles, CA, Dawes brought to TURF folk music routed through a vintaged rock disposition.

The group captivates audiences with lyric-based songs delivered over guitar play that sees frontman Taylor Goldsmith rendering neck-squeezing chords that make full use of his instrument’s six strings. That instrumentation’s complimented by brother Griffin Goldsmith’s march-worthy drums, Wylie Gelber’s steady bass, and Tay Straithairn’s subtle keyboard embellishments.

It’s nostalgic roots rock for the lovers of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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