June 21--It's been nearly two years of nonstop touring and The Dunwells are just getting started.
The five-piece indie folk band, which includes Jonny Lamb, Dave Hanson, Rob Clayton and brothers Joseph and David Dunwell, emerged from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, in 2009.
It has been on the road in support of its 2011 release, "Blind Sighted Faith" and hit some milestones in its career.
"We have really learned how to be with each other," says Joseph Dunwell during a recent interview from England. "I think we are playing better than ever. One of our career highlights would have to be when we played Red Rocks. What a venue that is."
The Dunwells began their first U.S. tour in March 2012 and have since toured the country a few times over. The band is working on new music for a follow-up album and hopes to have it out sometime next year.
The Dunwells will perform two shows in New Mexico. The first is part of the Zoo Music Series at the Rio Grande Zoo at 6 tonight. The next is part of the Santa Fe Bandstand series in Santa Fe at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 24.
Joseph Dunwell says the band has been working on music in hotel rooms and while back at home in Leeds, England.
"I think some of the new songs that are coming from the band are some of the most exciting stuff we have done in years," he says. "We normally write when we are on the road. Hotel rooms are perfect because each hotel room is like a fresh start -- a blank canvas. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't. I generally start with melody and then words come after."
Although the band has been on the road for more than two years, Dunwell says there are no plans to slow down.
"You have to take every opportunity that is presented to you with both hands," he says. "It might not come around again."
Another highlight in the band's career is that its single, "If I Could Be King," is still charting nearly a year after being released. The single has been added to more radio outlets and has been a staple on the adult contemporary charts.
"Honestly, it's the best feeling ever," he says of the single's staying power. "I don't think (hearing it) will ever get boring."
WHEN AND WHERE: 6 tonight, Rio Grande Zoo, 903 10th SW, Albuquerque; 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 24, Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $10 adult, $5 senior, $3 child at cabq.gov for Albuquerque show; Santa Fe show is free
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