How did the band meet?
Dreamwell started in the drive-thru of a Starbucks where our friend Nick worked. While ordering, Justin mentioned he was looking for musicians, and Nick, while still working the drive thru, put him in touch with Ryan on Facebook. They met up a couple of times with our former vocalist before joining up with Anthony and Connor. Anthony was playing in another project with Justin (the two of them have been playing together since they met back in like 2013), and when their old band ended Anthony became the obvious first choice for drums. We found Connor on the internet and convinced them to drive an hour from Boston to meet us at our practice spot in Attleboro. They were definitely sketched out the first time they drove out of the city to a house in the middle of the woods, but they’ve been making the drive every week since. We met our most recent member, K.Z., by playing shows with them while they were another band that Ryan even joined for a little bit. About the same time that we parted ways with our former vocalist and were looking for a replacement, K.Z.’s band was breaking up. The timing of things wasn’t that exact and before K.Z. reached out to us we were already started playing shows with a fill in, but we realized pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to work out with them. So Ryan reached out to K.Z., gave them a demo, and within a week they wrote the lyrics to Painting Myself a Darker Day and performed it with us at their first practice.
What is the band's favorite song to play live?
We all have different ones that we enjoy either because of the energy, parts, or lyrics that they have, but none of them are released yet. So while you can’t check any of these out, it does give you a peak into what we’re working on and what will be coming your way.
We released a new track called Painting Myself a Darker Day a few weeks ago with the help of our friends at Mourning Records. We’ll have another one out in just a couple more, along with a big announcement about future releases
What is a cause that the band is passionate about?
Since starting we’ve always been pro-LGBTQIA+ rights and pro-labor union movements. These are obviously two very different causes and they impact each of us differently on an individual basis, but they are very personal to us and we collectively view them as important. Everyone, regardless of orientation or identity, deserves to be treated fairly and accepted for who they are, and similarly workers of all backgrounds should be treated fairly and valued for their skills. Also, even though we already cheated and mentioned two causes instead of one, we need to mention a third. The instances of blatant racism within the US are escalating to the point of crisis. This is sickeningly nothing new, but in light of the recent events in Minneapolis it would feel wrong to not mention it. We recognize that we’re privileged and will never experience violent racism like George Floyd did, and in our minds that position of privilege gives us an obligation to speak out against these atrocities and any other racist behavior when we see it. Basically, just give us a hard pass and leave us alone if you’re racist, homophobic or transphobic.
Anything you would like our followers to know?
We hope everyone is staying safe with everything going on. We’re all looking forward to the day when we can enjoy live music again, both as a band and as people who like going to shows. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us because we will be sharing more new music to help you pass the time in quarantine.
Photos By: Jared Shute.