Described by Clash as ‘a gospel-driven piece of indie-folk inspiration…soaring, uplifting, desperate and pleading’, Leeds four-piece The Dunwells have continued to make their mark on the music scene since their debut album Bling Sighted Faith in 2012. Accompanied by brother David Dunwell and friends Rob Clayton and Adam Taylor, Joseph Dunwell’s lead vocals help create a melancholic, rich texture of sound that has come to define The Dunwell’s style, heard in such tracks as the visceral ‘Hey Now’ and ‘Hurts’, premiered by Notion back in January.
The Dunwells release their new album, Light Up the Sky today and are set to tour the UK in the coming months, kicking things off in London on 1st April before touring to most major UK cities. With striking visuals and sound, it’s clear to hear the wide range of influences they take from everything around them. We asked the quartet to create us a mood board to give us a personal and very international snapshot into what goes on behind the music.
From recording and touring to holidays and parking tickets, we’e given a closer look at the lives of The Dunwells as they share their personal memories of band life so far.
TOURING: This picture was taken when we went for a run in Central Park New York when. We played our first headline show at the Mercury lounge, it was sooo good. The label came and hired a venue for an after show… with loads of champagne.
This was us on the road again more recently with Lucy Spraggan
Adam took this of Joe just before the Seabright Arms show in London
This always happens when we are on tour… Thanks Leeds City Council for this one
Here we are sound-checking in Leeds 02 Academy before supporting The Bluetones. Goooood times.
PRE-SHOW RITUAL: We get together just before the show and laugh and be silly and make sure we are as relaxed as possible.
POST-SHOW DRIVES HOME: Sometimes my favourite time is driving home from a show, when we are all in the van reflecting on how it went. We love to all chat about what worked and what didn’t. We also just have a laugh at our own mistakes, like not reading the set list or starting the wrong song. We’ve have done that a few times, all because we get giddy on stage.
RECORDING: Here’s Spike the dog in Steve Harris’ studio the day we recorded ‘Communicate’.
KEEPING FIT ON TOUR: One of our favourite things to do on tour is run. I feel so lucky that I get the chance to see the world with something I love to do, and running makes me see even more of the world. I love that Dave runs too, we often put the world to rights when we run.
MEMORIES OF US TOUR: That’s us on the Jay Leno Show
Here’s Rob and Joe at Waterloo Records, Austin TX with our album poster in the window
And inside where we played our set
It’s not all work work work though when we go on tour, we do have fun too. Here’s Joe and Rob cruising in a Ferrari in the US!
And… here’s Joe and Rob on a boat
And.. Rob and Dave in New York.