Throughout Trouble, NAWAS bring a layered complexity to their lyrics, a dynamic embodied in the soulful and shimmering title track. “There’s a line in that song that goes ‘Trouble always follows me,’ which is a theme that runs across all of the EP,” says Nawas. “There’s a dark side to it but there’s something deeper there too—and sometimes trouble can be a good thing.” Soon after getting his start by singing in church at age 16, Nawas joined a band with McDaniel, one of his closest friends since pre-school. Once the two formed their musical partnership, they continued playing together and, in early 2015, headed to Nashville to take their collaboration to the next level. Within a few months they enlisted Gonzales as their drummer, and quickly began working on a batch of songs that included their debut single “So Low.” Upon its release, the track was hailed as “beautifully produced” by The Fader, who also made note of Nawas’s “bewitchingly androgynous falsetto.” Their breakthrough track “Wrong,” hit No.1 on Hype Machine and was praised by SPIN for “find[ing] the medium between Prince’s androgynous melodies and Calvin Harris’s euphoric bangers.” By the end of the year, NAWAS had landed on Spotify’s most coveted playlists (including New Music Friday, Weekly Buzz, Discover Weekly, and Fresh Finds) and is fast approaching one million combined streams.
Originally from Louisiana, NAWAS is now based in Nashville, where vocalist and songwriter Jake Nawas, guitarist Ben McDaniel, and drummer Joey Gonzales. The band’s timeless sound celebrates both classic songwriting and innovative production. Nawas’ smooth R&B vocals which The FADER deems “bewitchingly androgynous,” rich instrumentals, and tightly woven concept-based lyrics have found fans among tastemakers and music lovers alike. The band have hit #1 on Hype Machine and is rapidly approaching one million streams combined. They’ve also received airplay on Beats 1 and inclusion in Spotify’s most coveted playlists, including New Music Friday, Weekly Buzz, Discover Weekly, and Fresh Finds. NAWAS is currently at work on their debut EP for Harvest Records.
Festival appearances include ACL, Hangout, Firefly, SXSW, Pilgrimage with Max Frost support dates rounding out 2017.