“A hook and synth-laden wall of sound decorated with memorabilia from 70s punk rock, 80s new wave, 90s club music and, well, just about anything else you can think of! With a timeless showmanship and knack for comedic timing, this two-person Austin, Texas outfit is guaranteed to start a full-on dance party with or without you.” – Shawn Petsche, Sled Island Music Festival Promoter
It is no surprise to find out that this duo majored in theater, and in fact that is where Rob and Kate met. Their stage show is 100% Rock and Roll Theater! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing the glorious return of the almighty guitar solo; but you don’t have to stop dancing to enjoy it! Some people call it electro-punk, some post-punk and some new wave… it doesn’t matter; what it really boils down to is good rock and roll that seems to reach and affect a broad audience musically, lyrically and artistically.
Before Dawn is a “Super hot DIY Duo who makes sexy, nerdy, dance music with heavy beats, epic rock guitars, and experimental pop aesthetics. Austin, TX’s bravest buzz band!” – INsite Magazine. Though Before Dawn has never striven to model their sound after any other bands… most frequently fans immediately draw comparisons to The Killers, The B52’s, Talking Heads, Pixies and The Faint. Despite being a duo, Before Dawn creates a massive wall of sound and provides a huge, personality filled, stadium sized performance in a small, convenient package. “…it’s hard to believe that its just two people creating such a thick and robust yet perky sound.” – Unsigned The Magazine. Before Dawn crafts catchy electro-pop songs with the aggressiveness of a heavy metal band. They are experimental and on the bleeding edge while at the same time being beautifully familiar.
Rob and Kate base themselves in Austin, TX and tour frequently. This is a hardworking band. They have played in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Miami, Orlando, Tampa/St. Pete and Sarasota as well as many more cities in Florida, Wisconsin and Canada all while continuing to excite audiences around Central Texas. Before Dawn has also been wowing crowds at festivals such as Tropical Heat Wave, North VS. South, Texas Rock Fest, Mid Point Music Festival, Steel Bridge Songfest, Sled Island Festival in Calgary and more unofficial SXSW shows than they care to mention.
To date Before Dawn has three releases, “Drowning”, “Beats for Heat”, and “Brush With Greatness” an LP, EP and another LP respectively. The duo recently completed their sophomore full length album, “Brush with Greatness”, in 2011, as well as their second music video. As the buzz continues to grow the momentum of this touring machine seems to increase exponentially. In fact Before Dawn’s work is slated to be featured in the up coming Paramount Pictures, film, “Fun Size”, in theaters 2012, as well as the documentary, “Going Attractions”, about the rise and fall of the drive-in movie theater.
Before Dawn is about far more than just music, they are artists and scientists who weave together sound, sight and emotion in a highly personal way. They even build some of their own synthesizers. This duo makes music videos and painstakingly tend to every detail of their artistic vision. They grow bonds and alliances with other artists and simultaneously remain fiercely independent and DIY. Rob and Kate Houle really just love to create, they approach Before Dawn, music and art with a wholly pioneer spirit!
Here is what some other people said about Before Dawn:
“I Love them… The best fun I have seen on stage in forever!”
– Whiskey on a Wire
“Their set is one of the few that I sing along with loudly; no matter what amount of genetic engineering better showmen or women could not be created, period.”
– riTchN, SubNatural
“Former Floridians, former stage actors, Rob and Kate know how to put on a great live show: Once saw these guys play a tiny crowd in a tiny venue, and they poured it out as if playing to a stadium filled with their best friends.”
-Austin Independent Music Noise
Brush With Greatness, LP 2011
Beats For Heat, EP 2008
Drowning, LP 2007