What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
We went through several incarnations with various drummers and bass players and many of those members couldn’t tour, which we were hell bent on doing, so we pared it down to a duo and started touring frequently, which has turned us into to the thing we are now.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
It recently came out and it’s called “Pagan Love”, which is a reference to all the pagan imagery in the lyrics. It’s much more of a pop album than our first album “We Are A Curse”. Through the last year and a half of touring and working together, we seem to have found ourselves musically, and this album is the result of that.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I’m very influenced by Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, a lot of early 70’s soul, Philly soul, and Motown. Marvin Gaye, Aretha. Also the Beatles and the Stones. Lyrically I’m more influenced by Neil Young, the Grateful Dead and Paul Simon.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think the thing that would hit people right away are the harmonies and the sound of the vocals, that’s what really separates us. It’s odd how our voices blend together given that I am a giant man and Elizabeth is a tiny woman. I think it’s because we were both born on a distant planet, in another galaxy.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums – Stevie Wonder: Inner Visions; Curtis Mayfield: Curtis; Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.
Movies – Star Wars, the Shining, Blade Runner.
Books: The Sun Also Rises, Game of Thrones, The Grapes of Wrath
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
It’s hard to choose one or the other, they’re both joyous experiences for me, the only release from the grip of reality. Everyone should make music.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I have a fake tooth from an accident I had while I was shitfaced one New Years Eve. One time we were playing and it came flying out of my mouth and into the audience in the middle of a song. I had to find it and pick it up off the dirty floor and pop it back in.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think it might be the second song on the album, “Mockingbird”, because I don’t know of another song that quite follows quite the same trajectory. It’s like a folk song with an electronic freak-out intermission between verses.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We were on tour in the Northeast for our last shows outside of New York City for 2018- this year we plan to release another album and go on a big tour toward the end of the year, with some smaller tours in the spring and summer. You can see all the dates on our website, thedreameaters.com.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
How did I get to be so smart and handsome?
Aww that’s so nice of you, thanks for asking!
Photo credits: Mike Abiuso (1st one), Alison Uljee (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
Connect with The Dream Eaters:
Official Site thedreameaters.com