Watch: Taylor Goldsmith discusses the ever-evolving sound and soul of Dawes at the AXS Patio Sessions

"For better or worse, we've always ended up doing exactly what we wanted," Taylor Goldsmith explains to AXS of his band Dawes. The LA-based folk rock quartet just released their sixth album Passwords, on which they strive to make sense of the contentious political climate and intiate a dialogue, rather than a debate. Although politically-motivated, the album is ultimately an exercise in empathy, approaching it directly ("Crack the Case"), distantly ("Telescope") and personally ("Never Gonna Say Goodbye"). 

Dawes is currently on the road opening for Jeff Lynne's ELO at various U.S. arenas; they will kick off a headlining tour of theaters this fall. Check out the interview above to learn more about the band's inclusive approach to songwriting, their love of touring and the meaning of Passwords. Grab tickets to Dawes' Passwords Tour here