With elements of jazz, punk and indie alongside the parts that more recognisably owe a debt to metal, Dreamarcher’s self-titled debut album is a must-listen for anyone that likes their distorted music delivered with a distinctly non-standard approach.
Let’s dig a little deeper and find out a little more…
Introduce us to Dreamarcher!
Dreamarcher is Ruben (vocals and bass), Kim (vocals and drums), Odd (vocals and guitar) and Viljar (guitar).
How did the band form?
There was a predecessor for Dreamarcher that Kim, Ruben and a third guy, Ari, formed. We did a lot of different stuff for some years, but never quite landed. Then we decided to stop everything we were doing, to find something more concrete. We quit the band, and started writing new material in a more structured manner. We made some songs and decided that we wanted to record the album with some of the best people we could think of – Ashley Stubbert on production, and Kristoffer Lo helped us with arrangements and played on some songs. This was the start, and then Ari decided to leave us. At this point we got in two guitarists, Viljar and Odd, and became the band we are today.
What are your influences?
We have a lot of influences. Viljar and Kim are educated in jazz, so there is a lot of influence from other genres. We have all been playing other styles of music, and are influenced by everything. But to name some bands that is not too far away; Mastodon, The Cure, The Mars Volta, Baroness, Sunn O))).
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Beyonce – Lemonade
Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Daniel Lanois – Goodbye to Language.
Tell us about your latest release
Our latest release is the self-titled debut album. We are very happy with it, and the reviews and feedback we have gotten is overwhelming. It is so fulfilling to see that people seem to like what we do.
There’s a lot of variety in your music and vocals – how did you decide what went into the songs and what didn’t?
When it comes to the music, we noticed during the writing process that the songs were very dynamic, some parts mellow, and some very heavy. We decided to really embrace the ugly hard hitting parts and the nice ambient low-key things instead of hiding them away. So we wanted to make an album that revolved around contrasts. The vocals and the sound, were something that actually was created in the studio. Ashley Stubbert was a big part of this, and took a big part in creating the sound. We worked a lot with collective vocals, and blended all our different voices, to kind of make them sound as one very complex voice. I think this gave the album a pretty cool distinctiveness and its own sound.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Tell us about the lyrical themes on the album
The lyrics revolves around childhood memories and deals with a lot of uncertainty and fear of abandonment. There are some other themes though, especially on Impending Doom where the lyrics have a political thought behind. On this album we did try to keep inside the same concept for lyrics, but we also put some effort into using words that made things sound the same, even if the theme changed a little.
How did the recording process go?
The recording process was a lot of fun. Producer and engineer, Ashley Stubbert, is such a creative guy, and we had done a thorough pre-production in advance. So we were prepared, and had a plan for how we wanted to do things. But we also experimented a lot with sounds, amps, microphones and did some «out of the ordinary» things that I think gave the record a special sound. We actually did the music first, and then worked on the vocals for 3-4 months before we recorded them and finished up the record.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
That was easy. Erlend at Indie Recordings recommended that we should contact Remi in Deformat. He had done a lot of the Indie-stuff and is a great guy. We sat down with him, and talked for a while about our music and our influences, and Remi just caught what we would like. Then, some days later, he came with an example, which actually is the exact motive that ended up on the record. It was so easy working with him, and the result was awesome!
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
It will probably be pretty different on the next album, since we now have two new guitar players and songwriters in the band. Exactly how is kind of hard to say, but the songwriting will be more ambitious and maybe a little more concrete I think the vocals also will be a little different as we have found some different voices now.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
Playing live is totally essential. I think it is really really hard to become a great band without playing live. So many things happen to the music when you play it in front of an audience. One becomes a much much better band by getting that kind drilling. It requires a lot more of each musician and the band as a whole, and you need to be really good.
Also, for us it is kind of what we feed on. It is so much fun playing live, and if you look at the money-side of things; it is also a great way to get new fans, sell merch and records. Playing live just makes it easier to be a band and it makes you a better band.
What are the next steps for Dreamarcher?
We are currently working on finishing up some songs for our next album. We are thinking of recording it in the first half of 2017. We are also working on nailing some gigs, and a new European tour in 2017. We want to play as many concerts as possible.