Who said roots can only ever be retro? Although it may seem as if The Dawn Brothers arrived from the past through a time machine, these players are focused firmly on the present – and the future! On ‘Summer Jam 2017’, the promising new single from the Dawn Brothers’ second album, the band sounds like a vintage van with the engine of a sports car. It couldn’t be more clear: the dusk has made way for the dawn of an entirely new era, in which the sixties and seventies are still the starting point but no longer the destination. What is? Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, where it smells of recently dropped fresh rain and a slide guitar howling in the distance. Oddly resembling characters from a Quentin Tarantino film, the Dawn Brothers pause briefly to smoke a stub. ‘Sex, drugs and rock-‘n-roll’, that’s serious business for these Rotterdam rockers. Full throttle without fuss, seems to be the slogan.
On their second album 'Classic' (Oct 2018), again helmed by producers Pablo van de Poel (DeWolff) and Mischa den Haring (T99), it becomes even clearer how madly in love Levi, Rowan, Rafael and Bas have fallen with the music they’re making.
That stub, then, has already been tossed away again. The road awaits and these road hogs don’t intend to keep it waiting too long. Instead, they drive off in a devilish pace, leaving friend and foe in a scurry of dust and soulful rock.