On September 8, seminal indie rock band The Dream Syndicate will release their fifth studio album and first since 1988, How Did I Find Myself Here? Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, The Dream Syndicate was founded by current members Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals) and Dennis Duck (drums) along with Karl Precoda (guitar) and Kendra Smith (bass). With its widely celebrated 1982 debut The Days of Wine and Roses, the band emerged at the forefront of 1980s college rock as ambassadors for a so-called “Paisley Underground” scene in Los Angeles that included peers like The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, and Opal (a precursor of Mazzy Star). The band split in 1989 after releasing a total of four albums, but over the years The Dream Syndicate has proven to be a massively influential force; Kurt Cobain listed the band among his inspirations, Prince named his studio Paisley Park in reference to the Paisley Underground, and allusions to the band’s jangly neo-psychedelia have crept into the sounds of contemporary bands like The Allah Las. The Dream Syndicate reunited for a Spanish music festival in 2012, and the band has since played over 50 shows and toured throughout the US and Europe with a lineup that now includes guitarist Jason Victor and longtime bassist Mark Walton. In 2016, they headed into the studio and began working on their first album in nearly 30 years.
After sharing the LP’s first single and title track earlier this summer, the band now presents second single “Glide.” According to Wynn, the song is “a soaring flight of fancy, a thrill ride, affirmation and oblivion all in one.”
“The Dream Syndicate have miraculously avoided creative stagnation, even 35-plus years into their existence, defying the usual rock-band career arc.” -The Stranger
“The Dream Syndicate aren’t making a comeback, they’re picking up right where they left off.” -WXPN
RIYL: The Fall, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, Thee Oh Sees, The Gun Club
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