THE DREAM SYNDICATE
LIVE AT LONDON’S SCALA ON 21ST OCTOBER
NEW ALBUM ‘THESE TIMES’ OUT – HEAR IT HERE
“Inspired by the visionary sonic experimentation of J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, and the current dumpster fire of American politics for lyrics, ‘These Times’ is an alternately moody and spirited pastiche of influences spanning decades and genres, a timely representation of communal fears and hopes and an unexpected turn from a band 30 years in.” – Uncut
Back in May, Los Angeles’s The Dream Syndicate released ‘These Times’, their second album of new music since their 2012 reunion nearly thirty years after they first influenced California’s Paisley Underground scene. If 2017’s ‘How Did I Find Myself Here’ was a 10pm record, all swagger and cathartic explosion, then These Times is the 2 am sibling, moodier and more mercurial with the band acting as DJs of their own overnight radio station as the listener drifts off into dreams and wonders the next morning if any of it was real.
“When I was writing the songs for the new album I was pretty obsessed with Donuts by J-Dilla,” lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn explained. “I loved the way that he approached record making as a DJ, a crate-digger, a music fan wanting to lay out all of his favorite music, twist and turn the results until he made them into his own. I was messing around with step sequencers, drum machines, loops—anything to take me out of my usual way of writing and try to feel as though I was working on a compilation rather than ‘more of the same’. You might not automatically put The Dream Syndicate and J-Dilla in the same sentence, but I hear that album when I hear our new one.”
The Dream Syndicate recorded These Times once again at Montrose Studios in Richmond, Virginia. Co-produced by John Agnello (Phosphorescent, Waxahatchee, Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr.), Wynn wrote all of the song’s lyrics in the studio after the band finished tracking, so that the words would be dictated by the sound rather than the other way around. This process contributed to the urgency of the album’s title.“Not content to deliver ‘The Days of Wine and Roses 2019’ [The Dream Syndicate] have emerged with a vibrant collection of songs that ranks among the best the veteran group has recorded,” PopMatters said of These Times. “This is not a band competing with its past but instead carving out a bold new future.”
The Dream Syndicate have announced 2019 European/U.K. tour dates, starting with the Italian tour in June, and following up with more shows in mainland Europe and U.K. in October this year. Please see below for the full list of dates:
October 14, 2019 – Copenhagen, Loppen (DK)
October 15, 2019 – Hamburg, Nochtspeicher (DE)
October 16, 2019 – Berlin, Lido (DE)
October 17, 2019 – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg (NL)
October 18, 2019 – Paris, Le Petit Bain (FR)
October 19, 2019 – Brussels, AB Club (BE)
October 21, 2019 – London, Scala (UK)
The Dream Syndicate has a long and storied history. But where are they right now? They’re here. Right here. In These Times.