The titular We’re All Gonna Die ventures into dark-pop territory, with its wry lyrics being emblematic of the lyrical approach taken throughout the album. Roll With The Punches opens with an intriguing, and enviable, distorted guitar tone which is, in fact, not guitar at all but rather Pardini’s keyboard – demonstrating that he can fit right in – and this sits nicely in contrast to the twangy, country, tones of the actual guitar. Production throughout the record is remarkably clear, with each instrument being provided plenty of space to breathe and display nuance, as with Griffin Goldsmith’s drumming and Gelber’s bass work, and Less Than Five Miles Away stands as the best demonstration of Dawes working together as a group in this environment.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 20th September 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.