Dawn & Hawkes Share Stark, Gorgeous 'Trees' Video: Premiere
Austin's House of Songs wasn't just a place for Dawn & Hawkes to record part of their new album, The Other Side. It also gave the couple a venue to film its new video, for the song "Trees," which premieres exclusively below.
"We had written there before," Chris Hawkes tells Billboard. "We knew it had a good vibe and always sounds good. Whenever we play there, it's inspiring. And that's the actual spot where we recorded 'Trees' and another song, 'Promised Land' -- the videos and the actual songs from the album. So it felt really good." Hawkes and Miranda Dawn were also in-between homes of their own at the time; They'd packed up their previous home while they were going to be on the road touring and had not yet built their current home in South Austin.
"We've been together for seven years," Hawkes says, "and we had the goal of affording our own home. So that was a big step forward for us."
The Other Side came out on July 6 and was produced by Dawn & Hawkes themselves, recording at different studios around Austin. The set was inspired by the current state of the country, but while there's an undertone of politics the songs are intended to be about discussion rather than division.
"We unintentionally realized each of our songs were exploring the perspective of the other side, whether the other side of an argument, the other side of the border, the other side of the world, the other side that's beyond this life," Dawes explains. "Some of that is just being an artist and being a sponge for what's around you, especially the postglacial climate of the country. But we've also lost several friends and musical heroes in this community this year, so there was a grieving process that came out in a lot of these songs, exploring the other side in that way, too."
Dawn & Hawkes will be soaking up more in the coming months, as they tour to promote The Other Side. The duo starts its first trek since the album's release on Aug. 11 in San Francisco, with dates booked into November. "It always feels good when the music that's been in your head comes out in the world and you see strangers in the audience singing along," Dawn says. "That's a really good feeling, especially when it's a new album. You don't know if people are listening to it, so when we play live we can see that they know it and they're getting into the songs, which makes us happy."