The Dunwells Talk "Blind Sighted Faith"
Fri, 06 Jan 2012 09:22:29
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The Dunwells tap into eclectic folk magic on their latest album, Blind Sighted Faith.
The Leeds quintet carries on a long UK tradition of vivid and vibrant folk kicked off by Nick Drake and most recently revived by Mumford & Sons. However, The Dunwells wave their own flag.
Blind Sighted Faith is a gorgeously organic offering rife with eloquent lyrics and elegant instrumentation. Singer Joe Dunwell tells stories with panache and passion directly fortified by the diverse electric and acoustic sounds emanating from the band. Harmoniously aunting and musically divine, The Dunwells have fashioned a modern gem with Blind Sighted Faith.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Joe Dunwell talks Blind Sighted Faith and so much more...
What's the story behind "Oh Lord"?
I wrote the song on a drunken a night. I was having a glass of wine, and I was feeling a little bitter [Laughs]. It's not about anybody in particular. It's one of those stories that everybody goes through. It's a strong song. I like that one. I knew it'd get recorded at some point. I didn't know if it would make this album or the next though. I would be happy if it stayed in the set for the rest of our career. It's a good conclusion to the record.
Where did "I Could Be a King" come from?
We went down to London one time, and we met up with this guy who was in the music industry. He said, "Listen guys, I like your stuff, but you need to do something a bit more upbeat". I went home and wrote another slow song, which is "I Could Be a King". [Laughs] I didn't even listen to him. Jonny [Lamb] started rocking his drums as fast as he could, and I played along. That upbeat tempo stuck, and the words seemed to fit.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I feel the songs do tell stories, but I don't go out there to portray a message. I just say the words and sing them how I'd want to hear them with passion.
Where else do you draw inspiration?
I watch a lot of movies. I exercise, and I get a lot of fresh air. I drink a little bit of red wine too. That's where I get a bit of inspiration from. I listen to a lot of music and draw inspiration from other artists.
What are some of your favorite movies?
My favorite movie would probably be Tim Burton's Big Fish. It's weird. I like the story of how he's a big fish in a small pond, and then he goes out and explores this giant world.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It's definitely not a rom com [Laughs]. Maybe Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Pulp Fiction. There's lots of stuff going on throughout the films. The collection of songs we have isn't structured as one formula.
Where did the album title come from?
We were looking at the accounts and where we were as a band. We weren't in a good situation. We had no money to go into the next gig. Instead of looking for money, I sat down with my guitar and wrote this song "Blind Sighted Faith". I had this sense of euphoria. I said to the guys, "Put your heads down. It's blind sighted faith. We have to keep going". From that song, we went to Memphis, and everything fell into place.
Have you heard The Dunwells?
See The Dunwells at the below shows!
23 Main Showcase, Heritage 1 Ballroom, International Folk Alliance, Memphis, TN
26 Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (w/ Los Lonely Boys)
27 Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA (headline)
28 Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA (w/ Los Lonely Boys)
29 Fox Theater, Tuscon, AZ (w/ Los Lonely Boys)
2 Chandler Center, Chandler, AZ (w/ Los Lonely Boys)
3 SOL, Santa Fe, AZ (w/ Los Lonely Boys)
7 Mercury Lounge showcase (headline)
14-16 SXSW, Austin, TX (show details tab)