The Dream Syndicate How Did I Find Myself Here? LP
Seminal Indie Rock Band's First Album Since 1988!
The Dream Syndicate are at the foundation of contemporary alternative music
because back in 1981 at a time when most bands were experimenting with new
technology, they chose to bring back the guitar. Their seminal album The Days of
Wine and Roses (1982) has been cited as influential by artists from Nirvana to
the Black Crowes.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, the Dream Syndicate was founded by current
members Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals) and Dennis Duck (drums), along with Karl
Precoda (guitar) and Kendra Smith (bass). With its widely celebrated 1982 debut
The Days of Wine and Roses, the band soon emerged at the forefront of the 1980s
college-rock scene. Known for their incredible live performances, the band toured with everyone from
REM to U2, before splitting up in 1988. In 2012 after years apart in solo
projects, front man Steve Wynn reunited The Dream Syndicate to perform at a
charity festival in Spain. The reunited band took everything in baby steps. A
few shows here and there—including a still talked-about set at Wilco’s Solid
Sound Festival. The shows were exciting---for both the band and the eagerly
awaiting fans, many of whom weren’t even alive when the band were around the
first time. The next step was to see if the excitement and newfound chemistry
would extend to the studio.
From the first day of recording it was apparent that the band was making an
album that would live up its history and take their story into the present. Wynn
says, "In a way it feels like if The Days of Wine and Roses would have been
made in 2017. Which is to say that it's true to what we did before but it's also
a whole new thing."
Over the years, the Dream Syndicate has proven to be a massively influential
force in the world of alternative rock, with artists like Kurt Cobain listing
the band among their inspirations. As Wynn points out, the band itself was
greatly influenced by underground pioneers like the Fall, the Gun Club, Neu!,
and Big Star.
"I always felt that the Dream Syndicate was largely about receiving, carrying
and then passing along a torch of the bands that we loved passionately but who
didn't necessarily get the love and attention they deserved, living in the
shadows as cult favorites, secret passwords into a society of musical fanaticism
and time-delayed impact on generations to come," he says.
Now the Dream Syndicate has released the first single and title track from How
Did I Find Myself Here? With its heavy grooves, hypnotic guitar work, and
gorgeously fractured textures, the 11-minute-plus piece of sprawling psych-rock
feels both classic and forward-pushing.
On the band's website, the group had this to say about their first album in 29
years: "What can we tell you about the new record? Well, let's see. It's true
to our history, a bounty of gifts for everyone who's been there since the old
days and yet unlike anything we ever did before. It's a post-millennial
existential screed that feels like RIGHT NOW and at the same time a timeless
joyous thrill ride. It's psychedelic, it's rocking, it's garage, it's classic,
it's indie and it's even a soul and jazz record in the most literal sense, a
sonic and emotional journey to the deepest recesses of your mind. It's what we
do on stage and yet it's brand new. Most of all, we dig it. A lot."
• Vinyl LP
• Limited time download card
Steve Wynn, guitar, vocals
Jason Victor, guitar
Mark Walton, bass
Dennis Duck, drums
1. Filter Me Through You
3. Out Of My Head
4. 80 West
5. Like Mary
6. The Circle
7. How Did I Find Myself Here
8. Kendra's Dream