Dreamers

C3 PRESENTS

Dreamers

Young Tongue

Sat, October 15, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Antone's

Austin, TX

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 18 and over

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Dreamers
Dreamers
The three main elements defining Los Angeles trio DREAMERS are almost irreconcilable.

First, DREAMERS' aesthetic embodies psychedelia. It hearkens back to simpler times on the internet, when pixilated 8-bit imagery of starry nights looked like HD. The group flaunts its self-made exploding rainbow gifs like a unicorn in heat.

Second, contrary to what these psychedelic visions may musically imply, DREAMERS plays smart pop. The 12 tracks on the trio's debut LP This Album Does Not Exist sizzle and spark with three-minute tunes to perk you up and make you shake.

Third, according to DREAMERS, there's a point to this.

When DREAMERS—Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums)—talk about This Album Does Not Exist, they assume a collective tone of considerate existentialism. They seek to counter the crassness of pop, the snobbery of jazz, and the pretention of indie that zaps the fun out of music with meaning. Yet, they want to draw you in, indiscriminate of taste, style, or ideology.

"Nothing exists by itself," muses Wold. "Everything in your mind is created in your mind and you see the world through that lens. Everything has a subjective reality in addition to an objective one, especially with music and art. So on this record, we're toying with that idea of existence and nonexistence."

Yet, these songs of playfulness come from a place of less—homelessness, joblessness, borderline hopelessness. In 2014, Wold simultaneously vacated a relationship and an apartment and began living in his Brooklyn practice space. The brick warehouse used to be a brewery, he recalls, with rats as ubiquitous as the graffiti crawling the walls.

"It was just a cinderblock room with no windows, no bathrooms, " begins Wold before Nelson chimes in, "Musical prison!"

Recalls Wold, "I showered with this $20 a month gym membership I had." When he returned to the studio, "I just tried to make it look like I was coming in for a night session."

During the two years of living in this "musical prison," Wold reduced his bartending gig to just once per week. It freed up his schedule to write more than 100 songs, many of which ended up on This Album Does Not Exist.

Meanwhile, both Nelson and Wick bottomed out on the musician lifestyle and returned to office jobs in New York and Los Angeles, respectively. As Nelson says, "We found ourselves in 'normal' situations and quickly decided to yank ourselves out of it."

So now, after bouts of vagrancy, nomadism, and vigilant attempts at normalcy, DREAMERS is now committed to its collective vision of artistry, inclusion, and idealism.

"The role of the artist in society is to be the dreamer, the one who thinks ahead," considers Wold.

"We're trying to pull people in. It's a way of trying to coax people into our world, continues Nelson. "We want to bring people in to listen to our music and enjoy themselves....and then hopefully it'll lead to a deeper connection."

That's the dreamer MO, after all—to find the joy in living and to chase it.

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After more than two years of nomadism and cross-country touring, as well as two EPs, Los Angeles' DREAMERS is set to unleash its debut full-length LP This Album Does Not Exist. The smart pop trio, comprised of Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums), wrote much for the album in Brooklyn before moving to L.A. and tracking at Fairfax Recordings (formerly Sound City Studios). Led by singles like "Drugs" and "Sweet Disaster," DREAMERS pits the party and the paranoia of escapism in seemingly effortlessly tight, three-minute tunes. Album tracks like "Pain Killer" and "Lucky Dog" follow in this vein, swinging with handclaps and driving with sing-along choruses. Throughout This Album Does Not Exist, DREAMERS toys with themes of existence and existentialism, but it's easy enough to get sucked into their world and dance the big questions away.

This Album Does Not Exist is due out on August 26 via Fairfax Recordings.
Young Tongue
Austin TX's indie rock fivesome, Young Tongue (previously The Baker Family), consists of husband and wife Stu and Liz Baker along with Nathan Ribner, Darryl Schomberg II, and Travis Larrew. Founded in 2014 after six years of performing and releasing music as The Baker Family, the group released the single 'Cat Calls' along with three other songs in February, 2014, and plans to debut their freshman album 'Death Rattle' in the Summer of 2014.
Young Tongue complicates the earthy momentum of their percussion-driven sound with surprising touches — an airy omnichord melody or a jagged guitar solo. Their sound generally ranges from progressive indie rock to dance-infused dream pop. It's this range of lightness of sound and force of rhythm that stirs their audiences to dance. Their lyrics move associatively, stringing along images to reveal stories. If a new language is born out of a necessity to communicate, Young Tongue captures that same sense of urgency to expose narrative.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Stu Baker presents a magnetic and mysterious live show. He oscillates between calculated subdued stillness and less-controlled fits that underscore the music's rawness. Their show highlights the complexity of their drum parts — at times three members playing percussion at once. Liz Baker brings the same lightness and bright energy as her vocals and omnichord parts bring the songs. She moves everywhere, weaving between the other members, connecting them, bringing their music to life. But perhaps the best part of their show is the element of surprise. You never know what strange object will be used as a drum, which instrument Stu will play next, what moment Liz will hop off stage and ask you to dance.
Venue Information:
Antone's
305 E 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
http://www.antonesnightclub.com/