Dreamers will bring their danceable tunes to Firefly on Friday afternoon.
The smart-pop trio Dreamers isn't a group you want to sleep on, especially in The Woodlands of Dover.
The Los Angeles band has a nice catalog of songs with the potential to remedy anyone suffering from the most chronic case of boredom. Proof is in the pudding with their new single, “Painkiller,” from their danceable debut LP, “This Album Does Not Exist.”
Be prepared for a strong dose of “Painkiller” and more during Dreamers’ set at Firefly on the Coffee House Stage - Friday afternoon.
For those who may not be fans yet, describe your music in 10 words or less.
Guitar, grunge-pop, cosmic-dance party ... where old meets new.
How did you come up with your name?
While recording our first EP in the mountains of Virginia, we hiked to a waterfall and hashed out names we thought encompassed the scope of our musical mission. We came to Dreamers easily because it reflects our preoccupation with the strange, transcendent and symbolic world of dreams, while also describing our lofty aspirations. It's just Dreamers, no "The" because we wanted a name that's inclusive. Everyone can be a Dreamer. It's a word everyone can relate to in some way.
Have you ever been to Delaware?
I (Marc Nelson) actually grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland only 35 minutes from Dover, Del. We used to do all our shopping at Dover Mall because there is no sales tax! So Firefly feels like playing in my childhood backyard. We're all stoked on it. It's an amazing festival and a bit of a homecoming for me because it will be the closest to my parents' home Dreamers has ever performed.
Who are a few of your favorite artists?
The Beatles, Radiohead, The Strokes, Nirvana, The Stooges; many eras of older music from '60s psychedelia to the CBGBs, New York City '70s punk scene through to '90s grunge and much in between. We also love a lot of our current alt contemporaries: The 1975, Cage The Elephant, Tame Impala; and bands we've toured with like Bear Hands, The Griswolds, Night Riots. So many. First and foremost, we are obsessive music fans ourselves.
What are some of the key sacrifices you've had to make to get to where you're at?
Essentially any other life outside of music. We have toured and recorded literally non-stop since we quit the day jobs two years ago. There were moments of absolutely zero money like "how are we going to eat?!" Early on, Nick lived in a rat infested, old New York City warehouse where the practice space was with no showers. He lived there to save money so he could focus on writing the first album. Even now, it's hard on relationships and we don't get much time with friends and family. But we've been blessed with such supportive family, friends and fans. Every show, every face singing along to the songs, the shared joy of music with our fans - it's all completely worth the sacrifice. We love what we do. This is our dream and we get to live it.
What's a question you wish more people would ask you?
What's it like to go triple platinum, win all the Grammys and play the first show on the moon? No one has asked us that yet, but we'll get there.
What's something a lot of your fans don't know about you?
None of us have tattoos, but just by coincidence. We think tattoos are rad. We're always on social media, so follow us online so you'll be the first to know if that changes and one of us impulsively puts something atrocious on our virgin hides.