The Dunwells, brothers Joseph and David Dunwell alongside cousins Robert Clayton and Jonny Lamb have re-emerged from a year of intensive touring and recording with a special 4-song digital EP entitled Show Me Emotion, available September 9th, 2014 via Concord Records.
Show Me Emotion is the Leeds, UK based band’s first release since their debut album Blind Sighted Faith caught the attention of music fans around the world in 2012. Drawn together by their shared love of bands like Bon Iver, Elbow and Damien Rice, the high school mates looked to broaden their sound with these new songs. Joe explains, “We wanted to get away from the Americana sound we had been labeled with, stripping back the acoustic guitars, going deeper, Steve seemed like the perfect man for the job.”
‘Steve’, refers to producer Steve Harris (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs) someone the band was inspired to work with after hearing the Kodaline song “High Hopes”. Looking to track him down, the band heard they’d missed him by just a few hours after a gig in Seattle. In a strange twist of fate, it turns out that Harris lives in Yorkshire, the same county where the band resides in Leeds. Soon after, upon hearing the band’s demos he was on board. Despite the hectic schedule of constantly being on the road throughout the last year, the band found time to write mostly during late nights in hotel rooms. The Dunwells’ collaboration with Harris has resulted in a passionate set of songs with heartfelt lyrics that perfectly suit the band’s trademark four-part harmonies.
Joe commented on the process: “We were eager to start playing and recording new material and we knew we had loads more to give. This EP marks a change in the band, a massive leap forward in my eyes. ‘Show Me Emotion’ says it all really.”