DAWN is waiting to initiate you all to their coven. A mix of trance-like vocals, mesmerising harmonies, fuzzed-out bass and rolling drums—their latest self-titled EP was released in August and it is nothing short of a “hypnotic wall of doom”.

Supporting Ufomammut and Monolord on October 7 at the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney with Comacozer, we chat to guitarist Dharma Lovelace as part of the Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Mystical. Other-worldly. Occult. Doom

What’s going on in the world of DAWN?

We've just released our EP and have been consuming copious amounts of liquor (rehearsing intensely) in the lead-up to our first run of live shows. 
What motivates you to make music?

Vodka. But, really, we all just love playing music. For me, I think it's a release for frustration and being able to get that out through playing and writing music is very therapeutic. There seems to be a rise of all-female bands coming up at the moment which excites us, and being able to hopefully inspire more women to pick up a guitar or whatever and chug along to some almighty riffs is something I know motivates our whole band.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

The low point is not having met each other sooner and, apart from forming our band, the highest point at the moment for us is the overwhelming support that we have had to our EP. It's been pretty surreal and the fact that we get to support Monolord and Ufomammut is fucking insane. 

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Bongripper, Windhand, Monolord and Acid King are in my ears on a daily basis. I'm quite obsessed with The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, and I've also been listening a lot to this band from Brooklyn called Clouds Taste Satanic...they rule.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Are we talking about cannibalism here? If so, I think we would all probably rather starve to death. Or we would all eat each other equally at the same time and die in unison. Hopefully this is the last interview in which I write about my all-female band eating each other. Moving on...

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?


You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

Murkrat, Hobo Magic, Hawkmoth, Holy Serpent, Kahvas Jute and Human Instinct would fly over from New Zealand (even though they're not Aussie but whatever) and The Divinyls (because Chrissy Amphlett). The show would be held in MP Mike Baird's living room. I'm sure he wouldn't mind considering he's leaving us short of live music venues.


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