Listen to Dawes' unreleased "Strangers Getting Stranger" from tenth anniversary reissue of Nothing Is Wrong - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a full decade since XPN favorites Dawes released their second album Nothing Is Wrong, filled with sunny California folk-rock melodies and a massive radio hit in “Time Spent in Los Angeles.”

This August, Dawes is celebrating the milestone by releasing a ten-year anniversary deluxe reissue of the album, complete with four previously unheard bonus tracks. “Strangers Getting Stranger” is out today, and it’s a lively saloon rocker with sparkling piano, a bouncing beat, and Taylor Goldsmith’s trademark idiosyncratic lyrics, reflecting on a loss of innocence.

In a press release, Goldsmith says:

The songs themselves were coming straight out of my life at the time. No one was safe. If I shared a particularly lively conversation with someone or even a more intimate encounter, it was all immediately fair game. My parameters for discretion were not quite established yet. It took me a second too long to realize how voyeuristic being a writer could be. I still needed to figure out how to add a layer or two to an emotion, how to express myself without putting all my cards on the table at every opportunity. But maybe that’s what being 25 is all about. All the rest would come later. I’m just glad it’s all there for us to reach back into on any given night. Each record has been a turning point and something of a growth spurt, but maybe none as pivotal as Nothing Is Wrong was for us. That was the moment where we could see ourselves turning from hopeful upstarts into lifers. Glad it’s still worth talking about 10 years later.

Pre-order the Nothing Is Wrong deluxe anniversary edition here and make plans to see Dawes this September at the XPoNential Music Festival. Tickets and more information can be found at the festival website. Dawes also plays Harrisburg’s XL Live on September 24th; for more on that show and more, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.

Tour Dates
7/29: Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – Nashville, TN w/ Phil Lesh
8/20-22: Fred The Festival – LOCKN’ Farm – Arrington, VA
8/23: The Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
8/24: The Chicken Box – Nantucket, MA
8/25: The Chicken Box – Nantucket, MA
9/8: Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, AL *
9/9: Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC *
9/10: The Eastern – Atlanta, GA *
9/11-12: Moon River Music Festival – Chattanooga, TN
9/13: The Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC *
9/14: The National – Richmond, VA *
9/15: Warner Theatre – Washington, DC *
9/17: Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage – New York, NY *^
9/18: Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA *
9/19: Xponential Music Festival – Camden, NJ
9/21: The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON *
9/23: Roxian Theatre – McKees Rocks, PA *
9/24: Harrisburg University at XL Live – Harrisburg, PA
9/25: Calvin University – Grand Rapids, MI
9/26: Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH *
9/28: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN *
9/30: Auburn University Amphitheater – Auburn, AL *
10/1: Tuck Festival – Charlotte, NC
10/2: Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
11/17: Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC *
11/18: The Showbox – Seattle, WA *
11/19: Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR *
11/21: Fremont Theatre – San Luis Obisbo, CA *
11/22: Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA *
11/23: Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA *
11/26: The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
11/27: The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
11/28: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA *
11/30: The Commonwealth Room – Salt Lake City, UT *
12/1: Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO *
12/3: First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN *
12/4: The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL *
12/5: Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
12/7: Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY *
12/8: The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *
12/10: McFarlin Auditorium – Dallas, TX *
12/11: Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX *
12/12: The Heights Theater – Houston, TX *
1/14 – 1/17/22: 30A Songwriters Festival – Santa Rosa Beach, FL
1/16-20: Island Exodus – Runaway Bay, Jamaica
3/18-25: Cayamo Cruise – Miami, FL

* w/ Erin Rae
^ w/ Bonny Light Horseman
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