David Painter is the founder of The Mixtape Group in Los Angeles. I asked him to be our guest here at Incognito for the pick of the week about a Los Angeles band called Dreamers Dose. I expect this won’t be the last time David is a guest blogger here. Be sure to leave your comments and let him know you like his style.
At Least We’re Happy will be available soon
Nowadays, everyone is an artist or musician. There’s always that one guy (more like 4 or 5, but who’s counting?) who bring his fancy guitar to a party and attempts to play covers just to impress the ladies. The problem is there is no heart in what or how they’re playing! They don’t feel the song, they’re not giving you a glimpse into their soul. In the end it’s just some dude at a party with a guitar. The world needs true musicians, musicians who play because that’s how they express themselves, musicians like Dreamers Dose.
I won’t insult anyone by classifying the art created by these four young men. I’m not sure they even have a true formula when they’re writing songs, but I’d love to be a fly on the wall in their Los Angeles studio. The best description I could come up with is post-grunge, pop rock, indie new wave with a overflow of raw emotion.
Take for example their song “She Is Good.” It’s the modern man’s description for being an addict to toxic environments. A theme that’s been done over and over, yet Andrew Stoge’s takes you on a journey of an internal battle. It reminds me of a bipolar argument I’ve had in my head regarding an ex. Jesse Perlman’s guitar playing is a great example of channeling those sometimes overwhelming emotions into an overdriven crunchy tone with memorable licks.
Dreamers Dose recently released a single, “Pray for Me, Fragile”, off of their anticipated forthcoming album, At Least We’re Happy ,set to release this summer. This song really showcases the vocal range of Andrew, as well as the talented, driven rhythm section comprised of drummer Josh Conway and bassist Levi Dylan. “Pray For Me, Fragile” was produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age) is a tribute to the musicianship of Dreamers Dose and their ability to tell stories using music. This song starts off with a more psychedelic arena rock sound before bringing it home to the hard hitting grunge rock heard on past tracks. If this is any indication to the songs on their upcoming record, I will definitely be checking out. You should as well, you’ll be happy you did.
David Painter (theheadphonechronicles.tumblr.com)