The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July—Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana, cosmic folk duo that gave a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Elliott Smith.
The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting and they pull inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. The combination of their voices has been described as, “haunting yet ultimately heartfelt and vulnerable” and their songs won’t leave you alone. Their recent album, Don’t Ever Leave Me Like You Do, was released on March 30. This is the second self-released and self-produced album from The Dwells. Their debut album, Fortieth Floor, was released last May. Boston guitar legend, Randy Roos, recorded, mixed and mastered their newest album at his home studio in Ashland, NH. In addition, they were approached by America’s foremost rock photographer, Henry Diltz, (think The Doors Morrison Hotel, James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James and The Eagles Desperado, to name a few) to shoot the cover of their latest release.
Since 2011, the recent Berklee College of Music graduates have made a name for themselves in Boston, receiving accolades for their performance and musicianship at Berklee, and playing numerous showcases around the city. They have been described as, “One of the truly noteworthy new duos” (The Examiner) and “alt-folk at its best” (The Ruckus), which led independent Music News to name them in their in their top ten unsigned artists of 2012. But, legendary Boston music fixture and promoter, Billy Beard (Patty Griffin, Session Americana, Dennis Brennan Band), may have put it best:
“The Dwells possess that unique quality that we all know when we see it and yet can’t quite describe after the fact. It’s the “it” dilemma. They certainly have “it” whatever that is; charisma, charm, mature songwriting, and stellar musicianship all factor in to the overall picture but it’s the seamless harmonies that leave you breathless. To sing nearly every song in perfect harmony, a la The Everly Brothers, and to do it flawlessly, is a remarkable feat for such a young band. The way they pull it off without a stumble, a flam or a bad note is almost creepy. I love this band.”
The Dwells have cultivated a bourgeoning North American tour resume and are not slowing down anytime soon. With a national tour under their belt and another record in the works, don’t be surprised if you see them in your town, warmly huddled around their single mic, pulling you closer, one note at a time.