Halloween Treat

Dawes brings high-energy act to Rialto

Do your trick-or-treating with Dawes on Oct. 31.
Do your trick-or-treating with Dawes on Oct. 31.

Halloween as an adult is a night for meant for dressing up in a costume and forgetting about yourself for an evening of booze-and-sugary debauchery.

It's also a golden opportunity to see one of alternative rock's fast-rising and most energetic quartets when L.A.-based Dawes take the stage at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday night.

Longtime bassist Wylie Gelber described the band's excitement to play the annual Halloween show at the downtown venue, promising a night of fun for all involved.

"I'm stoked. We've played a few Halloween shows in our day," he said. "Sometimes they're obviously hilarious, everyone's in fucking costumes and it's great. So, I'm hoping that will be the case with this one, too."

Gelber says the band is pumped to return to Tucson, where they've played many times in years past.

He says his exact memories of the city and the vaunted venue are hazy, given the act's whirlwind tours and myriad of stops along the way, but that he'll have flashbacks as soon as he steps foot in Tucson.

"Normally on tour, I pull into the venue, step out of the bus and then all of the sudden every memory of where things are around me all floods back to me," he said. "But I mean, nothing more than that I've enjoyed Tucson and I hope the show will go well."

Gelber and company are touring the country in support of the band's newest album, Passwords, which was released in June of this year.

The record, which is the sixth the band has released since its inception in 2009, is a testament to each member's maturity as musicians.

"When we hear a song come on at a radio station from an old record of ours, it's never normally moments that we cringe at but it's just kind of fun to listen to and be like 'Wow, I really had heavy limitations on what I would do,'" he said.

Dawes' latest release is their second-straight album to crack the Top 10 in the U.S. Rock and Folk charts, following up the success of their 2016 release, We're All Gonna Die.

That album peaked in the eighth spot on the rock charts, while reaching the peak of U.S. folk, the same spot that their 2015 album, All Your Favorite Bands, reached.

Gelber believes the band's recent string of success stems from their ability to mix up the act's sound with each EP, giving fans something new with each cut.

"I think now we're more and more stoked and getting looser and enjoying being able to mix up all the songs," he said. "And mix up old ones and make them sound like new ones and kind of vice versa."

Gelber says the band's summer of touring provided them another chance to introduce their songs to a new group of people.

The bassist said he's grown to enjoy such a drawn-out touring schedule, as it allows him to play music with some of his closest friends on a regular basis.

"In the beginning you're just kind of looking at the tour schedule and it's a little daunting. You realize how many places you've got to go," he said. "And then the next thing you know you're a week from the end of it. So, I feel like we're just kind of about to drop into complete mental tour mode where it doesn't really matter if we're gone for two weeks or two months or whatever."

Gelber says the entire band, including singer Taylor Goldsmith and his brother, Griffin, who plays drums, along with keyboard player Lee Pardini, enjoy spending time on the road.

"But definitely when we get on stage and that's the time you get to finally do the thing that you're out there to do," Gelber said. "So, it's nice to, without speaking, communicate with the whole band and enjoy that weird organism that we get to become as a unit on stage during the show."

Gelber hopes the crowd in Tucson on Halloween lives up to the ones he's experienced in the past.

He knows that the band will bring their best performance for a special night and believes their fans will do the same.

"I think it should be a pretty fun night. It will definitely be a nice, safe costume environment to chill and drink or do whatever," Gelber said. "It should be fun. It's a long show and I think it's easy to hang out and get lost in. Obviously when it's Halloween it should be even a little crazier hopefully."

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