It’s been a hot minute but I’m back on the blog and better than ever. If you know me you’ll know that I’m one of those people who stubbornly refuse to admit when I’m wrong, but here’s a fess up: I was wrong.
When The Maine first announced their fall tour I was rather upset that they had decided to replace The Technicolors (who opened their European shows in September) with Dreamers. I had a bad run-in with some fans of theirs last year in LA at the Troubadour and have lowkey avoided the band’s existence ever since. A bunch of my friends insisted that it was going to be an amazing lineup but I had my doubts.
Typically I’m the one skipping around in circles singing ‘I told you so’ regarding music recommendations, but this time I’ve gotta eat crow myself.
I had the opportunity to catch Dreamers play an acoustic set at the Radio1045 studio in Philly and I’m so glad that I did. Something that really caught my attention from the beginning of the Modern Nostalgia tour is the openness that they have with their audience, and their willingness to let people into their heads.
Not many bands that I go to see take the time to share their thoughts on their music while on stage, and I absolutely love getting to know what’s going on behind the scenes. One of the driving factors behind my choice to become a journalism major was the idea of being able to pick someone’s brain and learn about what makes them tick, and I feel like I’ve already had that opportunity with Dreamers.
If you visit their website you’ll find an array of colorful, flashing graphics and a link to their “manifesto,” which lead singer Nick Wold lovingly referred to during the 1045 interview. The word manifesto itself intrigues me to no end, and the band’s own reads kind of like one of those corny Instagram poems that somehow tend to kick you where it hurts.
“We are impractical.
We do not listen to those that doubt us.
We push the boundaries.
We believe that nothing is impossible.”
“Wolves” opens their Modern Nostalgia tour set and has become a favorite of mine; it’s also “the first song” the band ever wrote according to Wold. In my opinion it was an excellent choice to warm up the crowd, the immediate energy boost from the song’s opening riffs create such a vibing atmosphere that one can’t help but dance along.
Something else that really hit me about this band is their constant warmth and positivity. You can’t help but smile watching them perform, and being in their presence kind of feels like being enveloped in a warm hug. They’re also known for sporting Hope for the Day buttons, and the fact that they choose to openly support the organization’s “It’s Ok to not be Ok” message is really important to me on a personal level.
Another song the band chose to play during their staged set is a newer song that has yet to be recorded. With sultry vocals, a down to earth beat and lyrics that encourage listeners to push through tough times, I’m really looking forward to hearing a studio version of “Bleed Through.”
I honestly don’t know that I would have had half as much fun during the Modern Nostalgia tour had I not been reintroduced to Dreamers, and I’m really looking forward to the next time I can catch a set.
You can check out the live version of “Bleed Through” here, and read the band’s entire manifesto here. Listen to their debut album “This Album Does Not Exist” on Spotify, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Dreamersjoinus.