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Dawes Announce New ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Album, Release ‘When the Tequila Runs Out’ Single

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Dawes have announced that their fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die, will be released on Sept. 16. It’s the follow-up to their excellent 2015 effort, All Your Favorite Bands, and third on their own label, HUB Records. You can see the video for the album’s first single, “When The Tequila Runs Out,” above.

In a press release, frontman Taylor Goldsmith explains the record’s rather morbid title. “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it,” he said, “or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.”

We’re All Gonna Die marks the first time that guitarist-songwriter Blake Mills, who was in an early incarnation of the band, has produced the band. Mills and Goldsmith have co-written a handful of Dawes’ songs over the years, and they covered Mills’ “Hey Lover” on 2013’s Stories Don’t End. The new record also features background vocal contributions from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Jim James of My Morning Jacket (recently heard duetting in a longform Chipotle commercial), Will Oldham, Mandy Moore, and two members of Lucius, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.

The group are currently on the road opening up for Alabama Shakes, but they have a few other festival and headlining dates between now and the time they wrap up on Sept. 24, including tonight (Aug. 5) at the Vertex Festival in Buena Vista, Colo. You can see all the dates at the tour section of Dawes’ website.

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