Bleed The Dream
By: Lauren Napier
Dream, a rock/screamo band from Los Angeles, consists
of Dave who plays guitar, Keith who plays bass and
vocals, Brandon on vocals, and (temporarily) Aaron
who plays drums. Aaron was filling in for Scott who
has been diagnosed with leukemia. They have produced
two EPs. The first one is Awake, which is an electric
mix of lyrics portraying brutal honesty and rock melodies.
The newest one is Asleep, an acoustic/unplugged recording.
I was lucky enough to interview all four band members
while bowling at Jillian's when they came into town
in July before joining up with the Warped Tour. Interview
and bowling - could it get better?
SM: Who are your major influences?
Keith: We're pretty spread out. We're really different
as individuals. We don't really have any influences
that make our music besides our own influence on each
other. But, personally, I grew up metal-style with
some electronic stuff and punk. I like everything.
It's good to be eclectic and respect all genres.
Brandon: My major influences are Faith No More, Mike
Patton, Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode. I guess as far
as rock goes Mike Patton is my major influence, but
The Cure, anything with just lots of melody and 80s
stuff. As far as modern stuff, I like Deftones and
stuff like that.
Dave: I like all the 80s, like the early Cure and
as far as guitar playing goes probably Jimmy Page
of Zeppelin. As far as songwriting goes, the Eagles
Aaron: My main influences musically are Danny Carey
from Tool, Neil Peart from Rush of course, and any
band that just rocks: Further Seems Forever, The Used,
all kinds of stuff.
SM: What are your favorite songs from your two EPs?
Keith: On Awake, I like the first track "Villain"
because it showcases all aspects of the band. It's
melodic and heavy. On Asleep, my favorite track is
"Streets of Baltimore" because that's where
we're from and it's really cool for us to write a
song about our hometown.
Dave: Off of Awake it would be "Pop Song"
because it's so out there and it's kind of funny that
we put it on there. On Asleep it would be "Shattered
Memories" because it shows the progression of
the band and how we're not just another screamo band.
(Brandon: Did you see that? I just got a strike, bitch!)
It shows progression as far as the songwriting goes.
Brandon: Favorite track on Awake is definitely "Solace"
because it's just got a lot of energy. It's the meat
and potatoes. On Asleep it's "Broken Wings"
because it has a lot of meaning behind it.
Aaron: My favorite track on Awake would definitely
be "Sarcastic Farewell" because it's more
inspirational for me. On Asleep it would be "Broken
Wings" because it hits the heart.
SM: What is your favorite part about being on tour?
Your least favorite?
Brandon: My favorite part about being on tour is that
you wake up in a different place everyday and get
to see things that you don't see everyday and meeting
new people. Worst thing about being on tour is...nothing.
I love being on tour; I hate being at home. I miss
my girlfriend, that's about it. Being on tour is way
better than sitting at home scratching your butt.
Dave: I love everything about being on tour. I grew
up and lived in Southern California and we have the
best weather in the world, so when we tour in the
winter, I'm a crybaby and I freeze my butt off. The
worst thing is probably not being able to see your
Aaron: My least favorite thing is Keith's snoring.
Especially since he's sick, he's sawing some serious
logs. It's painful to try and sleep around him. The
best thing about being on tour is seeing the country.
The desert, I had never seen the desert before yesterday,
it's pretty amazing.
SM: What is your biggest regret?
Brandon: (pauses) I have no regrets. Every shitty
thing I've ever done has made me who I am and every
good thing I've ever done has made me who I am, so
I don't really regret anything I've done. I've made
bad decisions, but I always end up working things
out in the end.
Dave: I have no regrets to life, the good things you
do and the bad things you do make you a better person.
You learn from it.
Keith: Aw man...my biggest regret. I don't have any
regrets. None. Zero.
Aaron: My biggest regret is not following my dream
early enough and choosing a life that's set out for
you before you decide to choose one for yourself.
SM: What political issues most concern you?
Aaron: I try to just keep to myself. There's so much
going on in the world, you can hardly comment on one
particular thing. The whole world is screwed up from
every single angle. Nothing is right anywhere.
Brandon: We're not a really political band and I'm
not a very political person myself. But there's always,
no matter what politician we have in the office, there's
going to be a lot of shady things going' on. But I
think that we're fighting a war that we don't need
to be fighting right now. I mean, Bush just recalled
like 30,000 reserves and it's ridiculous. Everyone
else in my generation, in our genre of music, it seems
pretty senseless that we're over there fighting a
war for nothing. I don't claim to be a genius in politics
and I don't vote either, so I don't really have much
room to bitch.
Dave: Too many issues concern me. I'm not really a
political person; quite honestly it's not something
I've really dived into. The past few years I've started
talking more about it and becoming more aware of the
issues. I'm not for this war that's happening right
now, but at the same time I am pro-American. I just
don't think that the reason we're at war right now
is a good enough reason for all the lives that have
Keith: Our horrible president, he definitely needs
to get out of office. He's ruining our country. I
think it's been the scariest four years in American
history. I'm not huge on who's running against him,
but anybody but that guy, dude. He's just so awful
for our country. I hope the nation wakes up and gets
him out of office. He's just really fucking things
up for everybody.
SM: What occupies your time besides music?
Keith: I write. I have other side projects. Music
pretty much saturates every day of my life.
Brandon: Other bands, I listen to a lot of music period.
When I'm home, my girlfriend, just going to dinner
and hanging out on the beach. Skateboarding, just
loser stuff, the things high school dropouts do.
Dave: Not much, because when you're in a band at the
level we're at right now it consumes your life 110%.
But, when I'm home I look forward to just going and
surfing everyday and skateboarding probably. Just
hanging out with my girlfriend and watching lots of
Aaron: My girlfriend occupies a lot of my time. The
thing is with me and this band it's a temporary gig
for me, poor Scott's very sick, so aside from this
I actually have a job. Regular everyday life: work,
girlfriend, food shopping. It's not very rock and
roll, but. I’d like to make it full time, but
we'll see if we can jump for that. If I could have
followed my dream a lot earlier it would be a lot
easier for me now.
For more information on Bleed the Dream, check out
their website at www.bleedthedream.com.