When you go to the website of the Dreamers (dreamersuniverse.com), you get a spooky, back corner of the internet, new-age conspiracy theory sort of vibe, with bright colors and a seemingly purposeful homemade look. But in a sense, there’s no better way to capture the essence of this band that describes itself as “cosmic rock.”
Starting small from Brooklyn a few years back, the indie-pop trio features vocalist guitarist Nick Wold, drummer Chris Bagamery and bassist Nelson. The trio’s glittery pop hooks and danceable rhythms bring back memories of the best that Brooklyn and the New York City area has had to offer. This year, the Dreamers released its first-major label EP “You Are Here.”
If the strong production quality isn’t enough, the pop sensibility on songs like “Drugs” and “Shooting Shadows” sure makes it seem that these guys were born to be on rock radio, or at least on Alt. Nation. As a preview for the band’s all-ages concert May 25 at the Studio at The Waiting Room, I spoke with frontman/vocalist Nick Wold about the band’s up-and-coming status, as well as how it defines its own aesthetic.
Question: How did the whole project of Dreamers come about?
Answer: It was a long process. I played in other bands for years, and was writing a bunch of music by myself. I worked with the manager of a former band of mine, and we ended up starting Dreamers together. Nelson was recording stuff, too, and he got involved with us. The band is new, but we’ve all been around for awhile.
Q: Coming from Brooklyn, there’s so much legacy and creativity coming out of the NYC/Long Island area. How much did your surroundings and the culture of where you started influence you as a band?
A: It definitely influenced us a ton. I actually grew up in Seattle and moved to New York when I was 18. I got heavily into the New York scene: CBGB’s, Lou Reed, The Strokes … the entire history. I wasn’t aware of these things growing up, but they became big for me. Being in Brooklyn, we were surrounded by artists and the mentality of wanting to do cool things. So that was a big factor.
Q: Your website certainly presents this psychedelic, almost dark web new-age vibe and image for you guys, which is certainly unique. How important do you think establishing an image is for you and for new bands looking to break out?
A: I think it’s pretty important on an artistic level. If you’re saying something you want it to be clear and you want people to hear it. I think it’s good to be clear about what you want to put out there, or else it’ll get lost in the noise.
Q: How did you establish your aesthetic and image?
A: We wanted to look like some lost, back alley of the internet that takes you to another dimension. But the name Dreamers comes from the fact that music is so closely aligned with philosophy, and how we think. So we wanted to make that obvious with the website.
Q: When writing “You Are Here,” what were the essential elements of your band’s sound that you really wanted to stick out to listeners?
A: Most of the elements came naturally. All the guys in the band like rock from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, as well as the ’90s grunge scene. So we just put together the stuff that we liked. We just wanted to create good songs, but the main concept we wanted to be sure of was that we wanted to carry the torch of what we thought was good rock. But we wanted to make sure it sounded very current and contemporary, and not necessarily revivalist.
Q: As indie-pop artists, what are the most important elements of songwriting? What makes a truly great and memorable song for artists in your genre?
A: For me, I think lyrics are the core of it all. I grew up playing jazz, and I was playing music with no lyrics. But I wanted to get back to my roots and what I grew up listening to. In rock you can say things and speak to people. It’s the whole art of it. Whatever the song’s about, you need to make it feel right.
Q: Can you say anything about your plans coming up? Do you have anything big planned after this tour?
A: Yeah, we do. We initially wanted to record enough songs for our first album but it ended up being our first EP and now we’re finally releasing our new album, which is called “This Album Does Not Exist,” which we titled because we thought it would never come out, at the end of August.
Who: Dreamers with The Young Wild and Audiodamn!
When: 6 p.m. May 25
Where: Studio at The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door (ticketfly.com)