CL Premiere: Listen to “Fate” from a new EP by Tampa Bay rock outfit DAWNS

A release show is set for Jan. 28 at The Bends.

click to enlarge DAWNS, who release a new EP at The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 28, 2017. -
DAWNS, who release a new EP at The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 28, 2017.

“Optimism,” a new track released by DAWNS late night last year, has a sample of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe defending himself against retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s accusations of mass murder and mass graves.

“Mugabe has a classic Trump like response,” DAWNS bassist Ariel Cortes told CL. “‘What bodies? Where are the bodies? Show me a single one?’”

It’s a rebellious touch on a more toned down song from the four-track effort, but the band — which also includes guitarist Michael Barrow, keyboardist Chris Horn and Bryson St. Angelo on drums — goes all out on “Fate” where the band unleashes waves of dark and abrasive rock.

The still untitled EP was recorded fall of 2016 by Frank Calcaterra at Tampa's Atomic Audio. Calcaterra (who plays guitar in DieAlps!, who also have a record coming out this year) also mixed and mastered the record.

Get more information on the show with Fr33dback, Draem Girl and Oceans Rise via and look for more from DAWNS via their Bandcamp page.

Listen to "Fate" below.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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