HITS magazine has a great feature up about The Dunwells LA gig and their debut album Blind Sighted Faith. Check out the piece here!
The Dunwells at the Hotel Café/Blind Sighted Faith(Playing in Traffic): Don’t ask what a five-piece band from Leeds, U.K., fronted by brothers Joe and David Dunwell, along with a pair of cousins in bassist Rob Clayton and drummer Jonny Lamb, is doing on an Austin-based indie label with a debut album recorded atWillie Nelson’s famed Pedernales Studio. Fresh from the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, the group was in town for their first-ever performance in L.A., where they were greeted by fervent fans like Cameron Crowe, music supervisor George Drakoulias and veteran ConcordA&R exec Joe McEwen. Aligned five abreast on the tiny stage, with drummer Lamb astride a hollow, miked box, the Dunwells evoke Mumford & Sons with multi-part harmonies that have been compared to Crosby, Still & Nash, but they have a winsome, fresh-faced Celtic fervor all their own. The songs are a little bit more amplified on the album, produced by former Roxy Music bassist John Porter, who has worked on albums from The Smiths, The Go-Go’s and Elvis Costello to Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Jimmy Smith and John Lee Hooker. The title track is performed first, a self-fulfilling prophecy about their own commitment to the task at hand, “What are you waiting for, oh your chance/You open up this door/And you make it last,” precisely what they seem to be doing in front of an excited audience feeling the buzz of a band breaking in front of their eyes and ears. “Elizabeth” follows, “Someone hold on to something because I’m spinning out of control,” the momentum gaining as they play, but the harmonies remain tight, the melodies controlled. In “Goodnight My City,” they’re “Waiting for tomorrow like it’s never been here before,” the exhilaration palpable in the air, band feeding off audience, and vice versa. David straps on a banjo for the one-listen, wish fulfillment of “I Could Be a King,” which evokes classic British Invasion in its power-pop fantasy, “Oh, I could be a king/I could be a super hero/Staring down the barrel of a gun/I could be a piece of artwork/Fading into the sun.” bringing back echoes ofChronicle. It’s a triumphant, feel-good anthem, evoking both the stateside Decemberists and so many of theirU.K. roots-rock brethren. You can just feel the Dunwells connecting, turning those dreams into reality, as one of their songs puts it, “In the Moment.” For these five lads from Leeds, to quote yet another track on their album, it’s a matter of “Perfect Timing.” Get ready to hear a lot more from—and about—the Dunwells.