Friday, December 1 from 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific on Audiotree Live
Dream Ritual hails from Springfield, Missouri, and they’re not ashamed of it. They’re a self-described “band from the middle of nowhere,” but if those circumstances are as bad as they sound, they’ve managed to do quite a lot with them. They’ve produced two solid EPs in Springfield; they’ve toured the Midwest (and beyond) several times over; and they’ve shared the stage with all sorts of cool bands, including Drug Church, Culture Abuse, Citizen, and Turnover. Here’s what you need to know about Dream Ritual:
Dream Ritual – The band’s debut EP came out on 6131 Records in late 2014. In classic underground fashion, the physical format on offer was purple cassette. Sonically, the self-titled release walks the line between the group’s heavier alternative influences and the almost radio-ready grungier style particularly apparent in the vocal parts. In any case, it doesn’t feel like a band’s debut record.
Summer Promo – Dream Ritual was pretty quiet on the recorded music front for a few years following the 6131 release, but they re-emerged with a few tracks labeled a “Summer Promo” earlier this year. It’s another solid round of high-quality recordings, characterized by grungy mid-tempo verses and heavy, guitar-dominated build-ups, with the occasional psychedelic element peppered in. Two of the three tracks clock in at over 5 minutes in length, including “Sunlight Girl,” below.
Audiotree / Live – There’s not much of a precedent as far as sessions and live streams go for this band, but you can check out one DIY session they recorded on tour below – a stripped-down version of “Hamptons,” from the self-titled EP. As they hit Audiotree in Chicago and continue to tour, Dream Ritual seems poised to expand far beyond the middle of nowhere.
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