Dream on Dreamer recently announced the forthcoming release of It Comes and Goes, their 4th studio album, and that they’ll be heading out on a national tour to celebrate the release. Kicking off at the end of May the tour will take on NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and WA.
The ten track release is a testament to the bands growth, and details the struggles the band has come up against whilst navigating as an independent act, as well as some momentous unfortunate circumstances at home. The release has been described by the band as their “most intimate and personal full-length to date”.
The band has found a way to transition between metalcore and alternative rock with a fresh new vision in sound. It Comes and Goes is cited by the band as being the release that is the reset button for them, with music that naturally evolves as its members do.
The single ‘Let It In’ was recently added to triple j, watch the video clip, directed and edited by Jason Eshraghian, below.
‘Let It In’ is the third single from the album, the previous singles ‘Stay’ and ‘Don’t Lose Your Heart’ have collectively garnered 12,000,000 streams across Youtube and Spotify.
Taking a more hands on approach with this record, having recorded the majority themselves (outsourcing help from Dave Petrovich for vocal production) and enlisting Marcel to take on all artwork and visual tasks surrounding the release. The group are well syncopated with the concept and vision as they translate the songs to a live format.
Alongside this tour announcement and in anticipation of their next album, I have been fortunate enough to ask the Melbourne band a few questions!
Hey! Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. How have things been going recently?
Thank you for having me. Life is good. We’re in a very exciting time at the moment. We’ve just released our 4th single of our new album ‘It Comes and Goes’ and things are going great. We’ve been receiving so much amazing feedback and everyone seems to be loving our direction.
It Comes and Goes is being released independently and has been mostly self-recorded. Was this an important factor leading into writing new music?
That’s correct. Most of the recording was done by our guitarist Callan, who had also produced our 2013 release ‘Loveless’. We’ve always had a pretty hands on approach with our kind of art. I mean we are fortunate enough to have the ability to keep the creation of our music ‘in house’ meaning we feel a sense of freedom. When we decided to start writing another album we were very firm with who would be producing it. The vocal production was done by Dave Petrovic at Electric Sun Studios in Sydney. He’s always done an exceptional job with recording and producing vocals and it’s always such an honour to work with him.
You’ve described the record as the “most intimate and personal full-length to date”, what struggles did you face trying to convey your intended messages through music?
I guess life itself is very inspiring for us to write about. There’s no particular theme we went with. It’s just the journey of growing up. With everything that comes with it. Struggles, joys etc. Falling in love. Falling out of love. Trying to understand love itself. Trying to make sense of what life is. Staying hungry for any kinds of knowledge. I guess we are giving away the most purest form of ourselves… It’s almost like a diary that you can share with the world and whoever is interested can read through it and perhaps relate.
Besides the lyrical aspect of things we’ve also had a very DIY approach with the artwork direction of this record. Having been heavily involved with graphic design for well over 10 years has really made me personally push my limits. Let’s just say I didn’t stop creating the art until I thought I saw the very reflection of how the music speaks to me.
What stylistic influences have you taken on board during the writing/recording process?
Well this is always a question that perhaps everyone in the band would answer differently. Our taste in music is so broad that I can’t really answer this. I guess we’ve always tried to create ourselves and stylistically become our own musical feeling.
What is your favourite track off the record that the public hasn’t heard yet? What makes it so special?
‘Drag Me Down’ I believe is one of my favourite songs off the new album. It’s dark and the chorus just feels empowering.
Your tour schedule is pretty jam-packed for a month-long run, which venue(s) are you looking forward to playing the most?
We just sold out our Melbourne show at the Northcote Social club so I’m super excited to play a packed hometown show. In saying that I feel every show on the ‘It Comes and Goes’ Tour will be so much fun to play. Haven’t been this excited to go out on the road for a long time.
What can we expect from these shows?
As always, raw musical energy with lots of emotions throughout the entire set.
Any tips for aspiring musicians?
Be yourself. Stay yourself and just be you.
It Comes and Goes is out May 25 2018.
Thank you so much to Marcel for taking the time out to answer some questions, and (as always) Danae from Little Giant Agency for this opportunity. Tour dates are below as well as a link you can follow to buy tickets!
Thursday May 31 at Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday June 1 at Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Friday 8th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th June – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 15th June – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th June – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd June – Elliots Bar, Ringwood, VIC
Saturday 23rd June – Pelican Bar, Frankston, VIC
Saturday 30th June – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD