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Gelber also makes all the band's cables and, in a pinch, has taken to soldering lamp wire and other unusual methods. But it works and, as anybody who has seen them on this tour can attest, Dawes have a fantastic live sound. They're currently touring behind their debut album, 'North Hills,' recorded in Laurel Canyon. The album was produced by Jonathan Wilson and much of its direction and vibe resulted from jam sessions with Conor Oberst, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and Benmont Trench from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.
There's a good chance that Dawes are headed for a similar level of success as some of their jam buddies, but in the meantime, Gelber has turned into the band's very own MacGyver. "A couple times, we've definitely used some Bic pens to hold some of Griffin's drums taught for the show," says Gelber. "But ideally I don't have to get too unusual with my supplies." Yeah, because, you know, Bic pens are commonly associated with drum kits and all.