Members: Nathan James Dohse & friends
Genre: Alternative Americana, Emo
Sometimes, you need to strip something down to its basic foundation before you can begin to rebuild.
That’s the case with Dohse, the new solo project from singer/songwriter Nathan Dohse. After logging more than 10 years (and upwards of 500 shows) as the frontman of Fight the Quiet, Dohse found himself looking for a change of scenery. He packed up his guitars, relocated from Flagstaff to Nashville, and parted ways with his band along the way, bringing a decade of hard work to an end.
It was a period of intense change. What remained constant, however, was Dohse’s need to create new music.
“I’ve always been a pinball machine of songwriting,” he explains. “I’ll write a rock song one minute and an acoustic ballad the next. Then I’ll do a dance-pop song. Fight the Quiet is my rock group, but Dohse is an alternative to that.”
In September 2014, Dohse will start unveiling his new sound, one EP at a time. New EPs will appear every quarter, each one featuring a different producer — and a different direction. Viewed together, the four EPs will function as a sonic summary of Dohse’s music, which spans the gap between confessional ballads, rock anthems and electronic experiments.
“Instead of running away from the eclectic musical ideas that come to me, I wanna embrace them all,” explains the songwriter. “I want to make music that’s raw, intimate and honest, and I want to be a little less pegged down by the rock band. I have a vision of playing shows, and having a violinist with me, and the next night it’s a steel guitar player or a horn section.”
– by Andrew Leahey
7/23/14: Memphis, TN – Kudzu’s Bar
7/24/14: Norman, OK – Red Brick Bar
7/25/14: Denton, TX – The Whitehouse
7/26/14: Dallas, TX – Coffehouse Cafe
7/30/14: Tucson, AZ – Monterey Court
7/31/14: Tempe, AZ – Fiftyone West
8/1/14: Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
8/2/14: Flagstaff, AZ – Firecreek Coffee
8/7/14: Denver, CO – Meadowlark
8/8/14: Kansas City, MO – The Tank Room
8/9/14: St. Louis, MO – Plush
8/13/14: Nashville, TN – The East Room
9/24/14: Little Rock, AR – Juanitas
9/25/14: Norman, OK – Red Brick Bar
9/26/14: Dallas, TX – TBA
9/27/14: Austin, TX – Bar 2211
10/2/14: St. Louis, MO – Plush
10/4/14: Kansas City – Czar Bar
10/5/14: Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Social Club