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 based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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