Early 2000’s Nostalgia Hits the Bowery Ballroom With DREAMERS Touring In Support of Their Latest EP "Fly" Dreamers Rock Hometown Crowd
LOWER EAST SIDE, NY – A hoard of punk-rock teens, basic white girls, and some ‘bros’, filled in the Bowery Ballroom Monday night to see DREAMERS. Founded in Brooklyn, NY, they are comprised of Nick Wold (lead singer/guitar), Marc Nelson (Bass) and Jacob Lee Wick (Drums). Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2014 and they opened for Stone Temple Pilots on a 2015 US tour. This night however, DREAMERS were at the top of the bill as part of a fall headlining tour. Opening acts Morgxn and Weathers warmed up the crowd harder than I’ve seen in a long time. Fans of both musical acts were out in full force singing along and dancing and both performances were off the charts entertaining. However, at almost 11PM the band everyone was anxiously waiting for finally stepped onto a dark stage while a voiceover played over some spacey music. Once set up, the lights sprang on and so did the rockin’ music.
Scanning through the crowd when I first arrived, I was afraid that I may have had to fight for my life amongst the moshing teens who stacked the front of the stage. They gave off the vibe that this was going to be a wild night ahead. To my relief though, there were no mosh pits that evening, only a fun and very lively show.
The three piece band put on a very entertaining show with their pure alt/pop rock performance that many bands don’t exhibit these days. Wold on guitar was able to shred some amazing solos as his purple hair draped over his face. Every time he finished with a flourish, the crowd would erupt with rousing cheers. Playing through songs off a few projects, you can tell how their sound has developed over time. Their debut LP, This Album Does Not Exist, includes “Sweet Disaster” and “Painkiller”; their most prominent singles which present a rock vibe but include a taste of electronic elements that at times remind me of Tame Impala.
The band made sure to include some of their recently released songs from Launch and Fly (two of three EP releases from a trilogy, with Fly being the most recent EP released earlier this year) such as “Misfits T-shirt” and “SCREWS”, and those cuts felt very much like rock from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. A sort of pop rock that will get your head banging for the duration of the song as well as has some very catchy choruses and lyrics. It was a nostalgic feeling remembering the days of Simple Plan and The All-American Rejects through this DREAMERS concert. In fact, they even played a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” that really got the crowd in a frenzy.
The fans we’re glued to the performance from start to finish and I can certainly say that I became a fan as well that night. Their energy and catchy music made the Bowery Ballroom come alive. Look out for a third EP from the trilogy some time in the next few months and I recommend you check them out on tour as well.
— Mike Golembo (@tweetlembo) October 8, 2018