Band: DREAM CASTEGenres: Punk / Rock / Emo / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Garage / Post-Rock
Related artists: Moldar, and there's more...Summer Somthing...? Someone tell me.
Country: California, USA
Years Active: 2013-present
Song: "Very Maximum Pain"
Album: "A Calmer Room"
Label(s): KYEO Speaks / Dreamdiver
This post's artist is from the February 2014 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download the February 2014 Mix#2 right here.
For fans of: North Of America, Aim Of Conrad, D'Amore, Twelve Hour Turn, Moldar,
Frodus, Animal Faces, The Holy Shroud, Birthday Boyz, Hercules Hercules,
L'Antietam, Daniel Striped Tiger, Excitebike, Drive Like Jehu, Serotonin,
Light The Fuse And Run, Transistor Transistor, Sleepytime Trio, Panthers,
Trachimbrod, Matsuri and No Tongue.
Final verdict: There's no clean singing here, just a couple of dudes yelling and screaming over jangly 90s emo/garage-rock instrumental jamz with a fucking "z". Tis good.
Story: DREAM CASTE was a weird band for me. I remember taking a first listen, being blown away and downloading the EP. I then went out my business (packing up records or cleaning up my cat's puke) and had the songs on as background music. After listens 2 and 3 I was like, eh...this isn't that good. After sitting my stupid ass down and properly listening to this again I came to the conclusion that, when on as background noise, the songs broadcast as a mash of sounds that don't lead anywhere and have weak vocals. When I paid proper attention to the EP I realized how well thought-out and powerful these songs can be. Tracks such as "Very Maximum Pain" and "Unyielding Spirit" perfectly mix the band's emo leanings (I'm uneducated in terms of band comparisons here, so listen and make your own comparisons) with spastic garage/screamo not unlike Aim Of Conrad, Transistor Transistor and The Holy Shroud. Considering this band boasts members from some reputable American emo/screamo bands as well as the founder of the KYEO Speaks record label, I shouldn't be surprised at the depth of this demo release. Besides the dual vocals, I love some of the progressions of the songs, as they don't play "obvious" music and have some surprising turns and interesting riffs. (see "Very Maximum Pain" from 1:07-1:55) At times the band must forget that they suffer from ADD and pull out a clean and groovin' riff, but generally they blast forward with non-stop aggressive songs that don't cross into heavy territory. Do yourself a favor and don't do a me, sit down with headphones and be slapped around by some gritty-yet-pretty music.
2013 - A Calmer Room cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)
2014 - Live digital/single track (stream/donate/download here)
(2013) DREAM CASTE - "Unyielding Spirit" (from 'A Calmer Room')
(2013) DREAM CASTE - "Very Maximum Pain" (from 'A Calmer Room')
(2013) DREAM CASTE - "Erick's Day Off" (from 'A Calmer Room')
(2013) DREAM CASTE - "Full Set" live
DREAM CASTE additional links