On October 21st, I had the pleasure of seeing, photographing, and interviewing Dreamers, a 3 piece cosmic rock band hailing from Brooklyn. With their recent release of their new album "This Album Does Not Exist," Dreamers have been climbing the alternative charts with their psychedelic sounds and themes of existentialism and existence.
Meet The Band:
This Album Does Not Exist - Album Review
"This Album Does Not Exist," a much anticipated album released on August 26th, 2016 by an upcoming band known as Dreamers, delivers exploding melodies and tunes of the smart pop genre. Whether you want songs to dance to, or you want to travel down a road of existential thoughts, this album has it all.
All 12 songs on the album have something special to it, and we start off strong with one of their hits Drugs, full of heavy guitar riffs and soft piano transitions. After the dance vibes brought on by Never Too Late to Dance, the album continues to another hit song, Sweet Disaster, which has been in the Alternative Nation's top 18 chart. Painkiller entrances us with upbeat and catchy melodies, Wolves (You Got Me), will have you howling for more, and Cry Out For Me will leave you dancing to the beat of the drums. Their energetic vibes continue through Lucky Dog, Shooting Shadows, and Last Night on Earth, shown through the cool guitar riffs and sing-along choruses. The guitar riffs start to become lighter as the album reaches To the Fire, the harmonies drawing people in, making the lyrics in the song, "drawn to the fire" very true. Come Slow Down, as the title says, brings down the high from earlier in the album and takes us to a place full of airy, floating vibes. After a small break from the high, the band pulls you right back in for the last song of the album, Little New Moon. Heavy bass and drums start off the song, leading to a chorus that would make any person lose control into a dancing frenzy.
Overall, "This Album Does Not Exist" brings a new kind of energy to the music scene. The thing about this album that makes it so interesting, is the fact that while a person can enjoy themselves and stay on the surface of the music, many can fall through and find deeper meanings, a connection between the listener and the lyrics of the band. If you enjoy crazy pop and entrancing indie music that toys with mind bending themes, be sure to check out Dreamers, and become a dreamer for yourself!
Full Gallery: October 21st, 2016 - The Troubadour, LA
What inspired your album name?
Often on long sleepless drives we find ourselves having philosophical discussions on the nature of reality, existence and consciousness. "This Album Does Not Exist" is an extension of those themes. What is an album? What does it mean? It's a bit tongue in cheek.
If you had to pick one song off your new album to represent what your band is, which song would it be?
It's impossible to pick a favorite, but "Sweet Disaster" is a good representation of who we are and what we are trying to say with our music. We think it has all the elements and ingredients of our vibe.
Was there any songs on the album that almost didn't make it? Or songs you originally planned to put on the album but decided not to?
There are definitely songs we love that didn't make it onto this record, but we're keeping them in our back pocket. Little New Moon almost didn't make it but we are so glad it did. Now we see people singing all the words at shows!! At any rate, we have more songs brewing that we are eager to share.
What are some pre-show routines you do before you get on stage?
Usually about 30 minutes before we hit the stage we disappear into dark green rooms and cultivate the vibe. There are vocal warm-ups, hugs and genuine expressions of gratitude to each other that we get to do this together. It's always a semi-private love-fest between us right before we hit, no matter what else is going on.
Have you ever had anything strange or funny happen to you on tour?
Every day on tour is strange and funny!! Whether it's Detroit Papa Smurf bestowing upon us magical beads, a massive tornado heading straight for our van in Oklahoma, which we were compelled to Snapchat once confident we had escaped its path. The entire experience of literally living your life in a different city every day is strange. So many strange and beautiful people and places. Why we try to document so much and share online.
What was your favorite part of this past tour and what are you looking forward to with the next one?
This tour was a blast. We had so much fun with The Mowgli's and Colony House. The sold out show at The Troubadour in LA was a highlight. We've been friends with Mainland for years and love their music. We adore Night Riots and have all become friends. It felt like a homecoming and powerful celebration of new music and supportive, inspired vibes. Another love-fest!! Next tour, we look forward to sharing the stage with Great Good Fine Ok, meeting and making more friends and fans, and sharing those strange and funny moments which are bound to be plentiful.
Become A Dreamer:
Be sure to check out Dreamer's website below to find their music, tour dates, and more!