Simon Dawes, Carnivore

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews


Simon Dawes

There's no Simon in Simon Dawes. There's no Dawes either. The two names in question, rather, come from the middle name of the group's singer and guitarist. It's somehow fitting, in a way. Simon Dawes play middle-of-the-road indie rock. They type of stuff you might ignore, if you didn't know any better. Pity those that don't take the time, then, to live in this foursome's roomy rockers. They'll be missing “Salute the Institution”'s plodding, stop-start charm or “Maybe Not Today”'s back-porch lilt. Taylor Goldsmith's vocals don't help. They fit neatly into the music, as though they'd been for years — somehow world weary and naïve at the same time. Simon Dawes won't wow you with the sound of now, but don't be surprised if you find yourself breaking this out again and again in the coming months.