Hometown: North Hills, Calif.
Album: North Hills
Band Members: Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals), Tay Strathairn (piano)
For Fans Of: The Band, Neil Young, Son Volt
A few years ago, Wylie Gelber and Taylor Goldsmith were playing together in a moderately buzzy rock band called Simon Dawes when they found themselves itching for a different sort of musical outlet. Just eight months later, with Goldsmith’s younger brother and a few new friends in tow (and with its earlier praenomen dropped), the band had swapped their indie-pop trappings for the stripped-down, dusty-hands country sound that fills Dawes’ stellar debut. We think it was a great move. Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick and fellow Best of What’s Next-ers Delta Spirit—who’ve all taken Dawes on tour—seem to agree.
What’s Next? “We hope to stay on the road for the unforeseeable future,” Taylor Goldsmith says. “We’ve sort of looked at this lifestyle as going from town to town, studying the impressions given by the people and the surroundings, and making it our job to put these impressions into songs. And hopefully, along the way, it’ll help us become better people.”