Who said roots music can’t ever be cutting-edge? While the Dawn Brothers embrace an authentic old school approach in music, these players are focused firmly on the present and the future.
This band just oozes musicality: they could pick up two soda bottles and a tooth brush and make it swing. And to top it all, their vocal harmonies will make the dental enamel pop right off your teeth. No gimmick, show, or schtick: the Dawn Brothers are as close to the real deal as it gets.
However, they would never tell you any of the above themselves: they’re from The Netherlands’ port city Rotterdam. It’s a place of humble and hard-working down-to-earth people. And it’s this combination of apparent casualness and utter craftsmanship that makes the Dawn Brothers so damn delightful to watch.
Ever since the release of their debut album Stayin’ Out Late in 2017, the band toured throughout The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Hungary and France, performed at Oppikoppi festival in South Africa and played the legendary Americanafest in Nashville, TN. In 2018 the band released their second album Classic, followed by a headline tour in NL and Germany and two support tours for DeWolff, which led to the following:
The 2019 project titled Next Of Kin, a collaboration featuring some of the best roots/rock acts the Netherlands has to offer. Joined by DeWolff and Tim Knol, the Dawn Brothers delivered a 6 song EP followed by a headline tour through The Netherlands.
Since then the Dawn Brothers have been working on the new album Dusk. They took a convoy full of equipment to a villa in France surrounded by nature – far away from the rest of the world. Together with their good friend Tim van der Burg they set up a studio in the living room, fired up the barbecue, put on swimmers and started recording the album.
The cornerstone of the record is its hassle-free mentality and avoiding gimmicks. This resulted in a certain pureness of the sound and the simplistic character of the songs.
After the album was finished last February, Levi announced that his dreams regarding the Dawn Brothers had been fulfilled. He left the group for an individual path in music, without his brothers. Tammo Deuling, who has been a good friend of the band for years, is a talented bass player, singer, and songwriter, and is the perfect match to reinforce the group again.
Dusk is out now. On one hand, the album represents four years of brotherhood and friendship. On the other, it is a sonic world where you can imagine yourself sitting by the pool on a warm summer day, hearing the drums and guitars echo through the valley below the house where Dusk was recorded.
Rafael Schwiddessen: drums and vocals
Bas van Holt: guitar and vocals
Rowan de Vos: keys and vocals
Tammo Deuling: bass and vocals