Getting down with The Dawn Brothers

If you’re looking to get silly, press play and call your momma / Cos you’ll be stayin’ out late for a swampy revolution.”

Those are lines from the song “Stayin’ Out Late” by The Dawn Brothers, and I can confirm that the “swampy revolution” took place in Leipzig.

To my delight, the Rotterdam-based band came to our city recently on its Germany tour. Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund, and others were also in their itinerary. I went to see them at the local club So&So on 13 March.

The audience was really small. Quite a sad point, since this Leipzig venue is great and The Dawn Brothers too; maybe the band is not well-known around here yet? In any case, the band did not let it affect their performance – they were having real fun on the stage.

The guitarist was incredibly good, and I was really impressed by how the band performed some bridges in the middle of a song (turning a fast song into a slow one, as a transition).

The Jammin Monkeys, a band from Leipzig, was the concert’s supporting act. The band was not bad, but in my opinion, their musical style did not at all match the main attraction’s. They played their own compositions, only two with lyrics. They were mainly instrumental psychedelic rock pieces.

All songs The Dawn Brothers performed at the concert came from their debut album, also called Stayin’ Out Late. And it is simply a brilliant record.

The music of The Dawn Brothers is true to the “good time” sound of rock & roll and a genuine representation of the Americana style, but original at the same time.

As written on their website, they “ride a wave from the past into the future, proving once again that there’s no time like the present.”

Inspired by classic rock artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynard, The Rolling Stones, The Band, and Otis Redding, The Dawn Brothers have made an amazing debut record, full of energy. If you are a fan of any of these bands I mentioned, then you should definitely check out this album.

Stayin’ Out Late was produced by both Mischa den Haring (T99) and Pablo van de Poel (DeWolff), and recorded in Palo Alto, California. My favorite songs from it are “Stayin’ Out Late,” “Silver Spoon,” “Stick Around,” and “Get Down the Road.”

Article and all photos by Erik Braga

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