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Dawes Releases Thought-Provoking Video for 'Feed the Fire': Watch
The band also announced an extended 20-date North American tour for the fall.
In an attempt to create a safe space for belonging through music, on Monday (Oct. 1), Dawes released a music video for their social-media-inspired track "Feed the Fire."
With gentle guitar chords and a hooky melody, the song offers thought-provoking lyrics contemplating the feeling of uneasiness and loneliness in a digital, social-media-fueled world. "Trading where I'm at for some future destination/ Working for attention I'll eventually resent/ Trying to ignore some of the darker implications/ Of smiling for the camera with my hands in wet cement," frontman Taylor Goldsmith sweetly recites.
For the new visual, all four members of the band (Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, Lee Pardini and Griffin Goldsmith) are placed in a blue-screen grid where they show different facial expressions throughout the song -- kicking off with forced smiles that eventually become strained. The video also features a series of internet memes and other viral clips.
"Everyone is telling bands, writers, and artists to share share share. If you don’t share, nobody will care. If you don’t use social media, you don’t exist. That feeling/image struck me hard when I first heard Taylor’s lyrics," Matthew Daniel Siskin -- the music video's director -- shared of his own interpretation of the song. "We’re all working for constant attention, without giving it a single thought as to 'why' we’re doing it. Thankfully, the band trusted me enough to sit awkwardly in front of a camera over and over again. Forced to smile. But, as artists in 2018 -- I’m pretty sure they’re already used to that," Siskin added.
In addition to the new music video, Dawes also announced 20 new dates for their North American tour.
Check the full tour schedule and Dawes' new visual for "Feed the Fire" below.
Dawes Fall / Winter Tour
October 1 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox
October 3 /// Eugene, OR /// HiFi Music Hall
October 4 /// Petaluma, CA /// Mystic Theatre
October 29 /// San Diego, CA /// Observatory North Park
October 30 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Brooklyn Bowl
October 31 /// Tucson, AZ /// The Rialto Theatre
November 2 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s
November 3 /// Dallas, TX /// Bomb Factory
November 4 /// Houston, TX /// The Heights Theatre
November 6 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// The Jones Assembly
November 7 /// Tulsa, OK /// Cain's Ballroom
November 9 /// Birmingham, AL /// Iron City
November 10 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre
November 11 /// Chattanooga, TN /// The Signal
November 13 /// Richmond, VA /// The National
November 14 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Underground
January 18 /// Oakland, CA /// Fox Theater
January 19 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Orpheum Theatre
January 20 /// Phoenix, AZ /// The Van Buren
January 22 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Commonwealth Room
January 23 /// Fort Collins, CO /// Washington's
January 25 /// St. Louis, MO /// The Pageant
January 26 /// Oshkosh, WI /// The Howard
January 27 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Englert Theatre
January 29 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre
January 30 /// Toronto, ON /// The Danforth Music Hall
February 1 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Fillmore
February 2 /// Boston, MA /// Wang Theatre
February 5 /// New York, NY /// Beacon Theatre
February 8 /// Charlottesville, VA /// The Jefferson Theater
February 9 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
February 10 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
February 12 /// Athens, GA /// Georgia Theatre
February 14-16 /// Tampa, FL /// Cayamo Cruise 2019
February 17 /// Clearwater, FL /// Capitol Theatre
February 19 /// St. Augustine, FL /// Backyard Stage at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
February 20 /// Charleston, SC /// Charleston Music Hall