Mike Dawes returns with stunning new acoustic song William Shatner's Pants

Mike Dawes and his acoustic guitar are currently hunkered down in isolation somewhere in Bristol, busy working on his eagerly-awaited third album. But one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world has a treat for us in the meantime with an energetic new standalone single that's got a brilliant title; William Shatner's Pants.

"No comment," says a mischievous Mike to the reasons behind the name. But he was very forthcoming to us about the inspiration and details behind the stunning composition itself.

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"I wrote this track on the road last year to really kick up the energy of the live show," he explains. "The issue that many players performing in alternative tunings face when touring with a single guitar is keeping up the energy during tuning changes. This tune is in C# G# D# E B E which sits nicely in the set from a logistical standpoint. TAB available at www.mikedawes.com (opens in new tab) by the way if you want something to practice during lockdown!

"Musically, WSP is a rock song with some crazy polyrhythms thrown into the B section. I’m also experimenting with a Whammy pedal (opens in new tab) looped into my Dimarzio Black Angel (opens in new tab) magnetic pickup. 

"The tune was going to be on my upcoming third album (still working on that during quarantine) but I decided to release it as a stand alone to take people’s minds off the craziness in the world right now. That being said, a release will be announced soon."

You can stay updated with Mike's music over at mikedawes.com (opens in new tab)

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.