Roar Electra. Now there’s an intriguing title, one that connotes ferocity and eclecticism. Those are two words that conjure up thoughts of strength and finesse, of arty intricacies tempered by no-nonsense musicianship. Those two words also happen to be the title of Mike Dawson’s eighth studio album.
Dawson, a respected Texas singer, songwriter, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, also named his current band Roar Electra, an intrepid gang of talented musicians. Roar Electra features co-producer Taylor Tatsch (guitar, bass, background vocals), Greg Dugan (drums, percussion), Stephen Page (violins), and Dawson on lead vocals, keyboards, and guitars. Roar Electra also sports guests Michael Markley and Rick Read.
To call Roar Electra ambitious is quite the understatement. Dawson penned all the tunes, some were written during the recording process while others span a decade of conception. Roar Electra bridges the gap separating rock from classical, its sophistication bested only by its unbridled passion. There’s even a four-movement classical-influenced suite “Poetry of Earth and Sky” that harks to Dawson’s love of science, space travel and atmospheric film and TV scores.
Produced by Dawson with assistance and plenty of creative ingenuity by Tatsch (Shadows of Jets, The Bright), Roar Electra helps Dawson come full circle.
“Roar Electra represents a return to my rock roots,” says Dawson. “I think these are the best songs I've ever written, and having Taylor Tatsch playing brilliantly in the studio has been inspiring. I even broke one of his guitars and he didn't kill me. Now that's exciting!”