Sunday, February 9, 2014

CD Review: A New Release From The Dream Syndicate Gives Us Insight To "The Day Before Wine And Roses"

Back in the early 1980's, Los Angeles alternative band The Dream Syndicate was the west coast's answer to R.E.M. They became an underground sensation with the release of their debut album "The Days Of Wine And Roses," but never caught the attention of mainstream radio or MTV. On February 4th, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings will release "The Day Before Wine And Roses." It features a live, in-studio recording of The Dream Syndicate prior to the release of that fateful first album. With an audience of 200, including members of R.E.M., The Bangles and Green On Red, the album shows the birth of grunge music. The Dream Syndicate keep things loose, playing originals from their debut EP and some of their favorite cover songs.

The album starts off with the original "Some Kind Of Itch," which has lead singer Stevie Wynn pulling off his best Lou Reed impression. The first cover song that the band tackles is a grungy version of Neil Young's "Mr. Soul," before breaking out the dirty guitars on "That's What You Always Say." They turn Bob Dylan's "Outlaw Blues" into a reckless punk masterpiece and drag out "Open Hour" past the eight-minute mark before heading into the feedback-fused "When You Smile." The highlight of the show is another eight-minute romp through Donovan's "Season Of The Witch."

The Dream Syndicate recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut album with a U.S. tour. To stay up to date with the latest happenings from The Dream Syndicate, please visit www.stevewynn.net/band_dream_syndicate.php.

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