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NEO-VIC­TO­RIAN out­fits are just one of the vis­ual ele­ments Dawn like to share with their au­di­ence. The seven-piece band, who are based in Bris­bane and By­ron Bay, is fronted by chanteuse Kim­ber­ley Dawn Lysons. In­spired by folk mu­sic from the 1960s and ‘70s, Lysons says on stage the band en­joy ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent styles like celtic and world mu­sic. Lysons’ graphic-de­signer back­ground is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the op­ti­cal as­pect of Dawn’s per­for­mance. ‘‘When we work on a song, we want to cre­ate a re­ally strong vis­ual,’’ she says. ‘‘And I wanted to match those mu­si­cal vi­su­als with cos­tumes.’’ A few years ago, Lysons sup­ported Jeff Martin – front­man of Cana­dian rock band The Tea Party – on a solo tour. Lysons says the pair felt a strong mu­si­cal con­nec­tion and be­gan mak­ing mu­sic to­gether. ‘‘The pro­ject started out as a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jeff Martin and I, but then I even­tu­ally formed the band (with­out Martin),’’ says Lysons. ‘‘I wanted to stay true to the al­bum Jeff and I cre­ated.’’ Lysons and her fel­low rene­gades form a high-en­ergy en­sem­ble which fuses loop­ing vo­cals with an ex­otic ‘‘East-meets-West’’ neo-Vic­to­rian vibe. The prod­uct of Martin and Lysons’ col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts is Dawn’s de­but, The Spin­ning Jenny Vol I. ‘‘There are Celtic and eastern in­flu­ences on the al­bum,’’ says Lysons. ‘‘I love spin­ning wheels and I feel that’s sym­bolic in my song­writ­ing. The Spin­ning Jenny is a su­per spin­ning wheel, it’s mag­ni­fied ten-fold. I feel that rep­re­sents what hap­pens when two artists from con­trast­ing back­grounds come to­gether to cre­ate mu­sic.’’

Dawn play the Mi­ami Tav­ern on Satur­day night.

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