Dakotas are an American rock band from Madison, WI. Their sound draws influence from 50's & 60's Pop-Rock and early 70's Stadium-Rock. They craft melodic, easily accessible, guitar-hook driven songs that you can just as well surf or dance to.
Brothers Adam & Collin Wisniewski have been writing songs together since they were kids. But it wasn't until the former invited the latter to handle lead guitar work for The Cloth Sea in 2010 that their true potential was unlocked.
Collin's addition to his older brother's band brought the Wisniewski sibling count to 3; middle brother Alex started the group with Adam in 2007 as a soapbox for their overflowing catalog of original songs after Adam returned from a tour with the Army in Afghanistan. But a revolving door on bass mixed with other life-changing events stood in the way of progress for the group. The Cloth Sea self-produced/recorded only one 6 song EP, 'At Last, Awake' (2010).
Alex's departure to St. Louis in 2010 shortly after the release of their debut left a huge hole in the group, one too big to fill. Along with Cloth Sea bassist Dan Tachon and a new drummer, the remaining brothers, Adam & Collin began writing and rehearsing new material in the basement of Adam's suburban Madison, WI home. With the addition of Collin & Dan's college friend, Connor Leonard on drums early in 2012, Dakotas were born.
What emerged from this primordial chaos was a louder, more angular version of The Cloth Sea, an evolution from larva to pupa to adult. Dakotas unmistakably draws heavy influence from the wide palate of sounds of the 1950s, 60s & 70s. Inspired by some of the greatest English rock bands of the era such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, Dakotas also channels American Blues, Folk, Punk and Surf-rock.
Dakotas are currently self-producing their debut record and booking shows for fall/winter 2012.
Rattlesnakes Kiss Gently In The Morning
Now You Know
Idle Hands & The Devil
Girls From California
Play the Pony