February 17, 2019
Nestled deep in the Shenandoah Valley lies the historic city of Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is home to James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and of course, The Dawn Drapes. While this is where the duo got their start, they’ve since called Philadelphia their home for the past few years.
Inspired by melody, harmony, and groove driven rhythm, Michael Sanzo and Daniel Rice emerged on the scene as The Dawn Drapes in 2014. Their foundation in American and British folk music helped propel their writing style, while their artist influences range from Alex Chilton and The Replacements, to Animal Collective and Pink Floyd. Deep grooves, smart hooks, and thoughtful vocal harmonies are corner stones to their unique sound.
Five years ago, the band released their first EP “She,” and their debut full-length album “Let’s Be Strangers,” hit the scene just a year later in 2015. These back-to-back releases introduced the world to the thoughtfully crafted indie music that is The Dawn Drapes. Four years later, we are merely days into the release of their highly anticipated follow up album “Slow Spin,” which was released this past Friday.
When asked to tell us a little bit about the new record and how it came to be, Daniel Rice responded, “We’ve been playing music together for almost a decade now, and this record is definitely a testament to that.” 2018 saw three singles from the album delivered to the public prior to the official release. These singles, “All Things Considered,” “Love and Growing Old,” and “Dirty Drain,” gave fans a great deal of insight for what’s to come on the rest of the album. “It touches on a lot of our musical influences in seven songs and is really a collection of different musings on love, personal relationships and relationships with the world as a whole.”
The band recorded the album in Hollywood at Electro Vox Recording Studios in four days with musician and producer, Johnathan Rice. Rice has worked with legendary artists such as Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello. It goes without saying that this was an exceptionally exciting journey for Sanzo and Rice. Daniel Rice commented that working with Johnathan Rice, “made it our favorite studio experience to date.” On the topic of creating “Slow Spin”, Daniel Rice said “We worked with some incredibly talented people on this record, including Jason Boesel, Gabe Noel, and Dylan Day who all made the songs sound so tight and polished.”
The guys have a slew of tour dates in support of their album, and their schedule is as follows:
For more dates and venue information, check out their website HERE, and be sure to check out “Slow Spin” on Spotify HERE!