Louisiana-bred, Nashville-based trio NAWAS release their debut EP – entitled Trouble – today via all digital partners, available to stream and download here. Watch the video for their new single “Who Are You” which premiered today here. The video was directed by the bands frequent collaborator Steven Worster and filmed in Nashville. NAWAS will join Max Frost on a North American tour beginning September 29th in Dallas. The run will include performances at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on October 11th and wrap at The Echo in Los Angeles on November 8th (see below for all dates).  


On Trouble, NAWAS approach pop music with both immaculate songcraft and rule-breaking originality, blending elements of electronic music, hip-hop, and R&B. Throughout Trouble, the band, which is vocalist/songwriter Jake Nawas, guitarist Ben McDaniel, and drummer Joey Gonzales, brings a layered complexity to its lyrics, a dynamic embodied in the soulful 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.”


NAWAS recorded the bulk of the EP in their adopted hometown of Nashville, joining forces with Grammy Award-nominated Sainte to expand their sound with more intricate textures and undeniably massive hooks, as well as Tim Anderson (Twenty One Pilots, Halsey) and Daniel James (Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez).


Trouble arrives following a string of singles, including breakthrough track “Wrong,” which 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.” Their debut track “So Low,” was hailed as “beautifully produced” by The Fader, who also made note of Nawas’ “bewitchingly androgynous falsetto.” NAWAS has 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. Earlier this year, they released the track “Make It Work” and their single “Who Are You,” which appears on Trouble.


The tracklisting for the Trouble EP is as follows:


1) Who Are You

2) Running

3) Trouble

4) Waves

5) Galaxy

6) White Hot


NAWAS dates with Max Frost

9/29 Dallas, TX Dada

9/30 Austin, TX The Belmont

10/01 Houston, TX House of Blues Bronze Peacock

10/03 Birmingham, AL The Syndicate Lounge

10/05 Nashville, TN High Watt

10/06 Atlanta, GA Masquerade- Purgatory Stage

10/07 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle Back Room

10/09 Washington, DC DC9

10/10 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle

10/11 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade

10/12 Boston, MA Great Scott

10/14 Montreal, QC The Ritz

10/15 Toronto, ON Drake Hotel Underground

10/17 Columbus, OH The Basement

10/18 Pontiac, MI Pike Room

10/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

10/21 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

10/22 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room

10/24 Denver, CO Globe Hall

10/26 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court

10/27 Boise, ID Nerolux

10/28 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

10/31 Seattle, WA Barboza

11/02 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop

11/03 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

11/04 San Diego, CA Irenic

11/08 Los Angeles, CA The Echo



Photo credit: Steven Taylor

“‘So Low’ is beautifully produced with smooth beats and an R&B-esque tempo. The direct, contemplative lyrics are delivered in (Jake Nawas’) bewitchingly androgynous falsetto.”



“(NAWAS is) primed and ready to rattle speaker systems.”



“‘Wrong’ is a dense, sparkly track featuring heavy bass and fluid guitar riffs that find the medium between Prince’s androgynous melodies and Calvin Harris’ euphoric bangers”




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