It’s been an odd time for fans of the 1970’s punk movement which liberated music …
It’s been a considerably rough patch for Melbourne’s DREAM ON DREAMER—not only did the band recently lose a founding member in bassist/keyboardist Daniel Jungwirth, but the band have also had to deal with drummer Aaron Fiocca’s cancer diagnosis. However, with a new single, a national tour and a third album in the works, the band members have proven that there is no obstacle too great that lies in their path.
“Aaron is doing really well,” enthuses Marcel Gadacz, the band’s lead vocalist. “He was given the ‘all clear’ about a month or two ago, and everything is looking like it has cleared up. He is so excited–it’s an awesome feeling to be healed when you’re facing this sort of thing. He can finally go back to being himself again. This whole thing was the last thing he ever thought would happen to him, and it was a real shock to all of us. It reminded us why we want this band more than anything … we feel like we have overcome it together.”
As for the departure of Jungwirth, has been swiftly taken care of by the addition of Chris Shaw, a former guitarist with House Vs. Hurricane, has entered the fold. “We toured Europe together, at the start of last year, and became really, really close,” explains Gadacz. “When it came to be that House Vs. Hurricane was no more, Chris still wanted to be active musically. He had heard that we were planning to split with Daniel, so he called me up and said ‘Do you want to give it a shot?’ It all came together so well–it’s been a massive step up for us, especially having another writer in the band. It’s awesome to have someone who is such a great musician … we haven’t sounded better.”
The freshly shuffled line up have just dropped the first single from their as-yet-titled third album. Darkness Brought Me Here presents yet another stylistic shift from its predecessor, the 2013 LP Loveless. It bounces boldly from sharply melodic to bone-crunching heaviness, clearly marking out a new venture into what the band can sound like. “We wanted to do something a bit mysterious, a bit aggressive,” says Gadacz. “At the same time, though, it was never something that we wanted to overthink. We just wanted to create something that we would personally enjoy listening to.” The song is also notable for the inclusion of clean vocals–not from guitarist Zachary Britt, but from Marcel himself. “I had never really done anything like this before,” he admits. “I laid it down, and everyone was so surprised but were really excited about it. It was a real gain of confidence. It made me feel like it can work really well.”
We just wanted to create something that we would personally enjoy listening to.
[ MARCEL ]
The band is headed out for a series of club shows and headlining dates throughout August and into September. Beyond that, the band is headed to California to continue work on the third album with producer Steve Evetts, who mixed and mastered Darkness Brought Me Here. Marcel is very excited about working further with Evetts, especially in the flesh. “He’s a big name and a very good producer,” he says. “We are very excited to work with him. We met him a couple of years ago and he is such a nice guy. We know that he is the guy for us. We have been big fans of everything that he’s worked on, whether that is Every Time I Die, Poison the Well, every Dillinger Escape Plan album … it’s awesome that we get to do this.”//
Dream On Dreamer’s new single Darkness Brought Me Here will be available through iTunes on Friday 8th August 2014.
You can catch Dream On Dreamer at the following club tour dates.
Friday 8th August 2014
Black Market, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th August 2014
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 14th August
Next, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 18th September 2014
Last Night @ Amplifier, Perth, WA
Friday 19th September 2014
HQ, Perth, ALL AGES
Thursday 25th September 2014
Hot Damn (8th Birthday), Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th September 2014
Tattersall Hotel, Penrith, NSW