Night Dreamer is a new band which includes Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins) and LA-based musician Mindy Song. They released a sultry new track, “Another Life” and their EP, Treasure will be released on October 11, 2019. Song’s vocals are distinct set against a steady beat and guitar solo by Schroeder mid-song.
The new album was recorded at The Cave Studio in L.A. with Josiah Mazzasch (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Built to Spill). Treasure is described as an EP that embodies the delicate tension at the heart of Night Dreamer: a strangely potent contrast between Schroeder’s volatile guitar work and Song’s luminous vocals, giving way to a sensory experience all at once mesmeric and jarring and instantly transportive.
Schroeder commented on the new band, “Mindy and I both have a larger artistic interest that influences a lot of our ideas, and will definitely play into how we integrate music and art and moving images down the road.”
Song grew up in Orange County and learned to play piano at age four and violin at eight, later picking up the guitar, teaching herself to play drums and immersing herself in music production. She says, “For a long time I was in the orchestra environment, but once I found punk and post-punk, I realized I never wanted to be a concert violinist.” In addition to studying oil painting and creating video art, Song moved forward with her music and eventually joined L.A.-based indie-rock band Wam Dingis.
Schroeder pursued a doctoral degree in comparative literature at UCLA prior to joining Smashing Pumpkins. He also co-founded The Lassie Foundation in the mid-’90s, then joined Smashing Pumpkins in 2007. Schroeder says, “With Mindy we both have very different skill sets, but we’re able to work together and create something new out of that. She’s an amazing musician and has this voice where she can sing really pretty but also make it really gritty sometimes, and I love the way that sound melds with my guitar.”
The band will be also be performing two shows supporting Peter Hook, playing at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on October 25 and at the Metro in Chicago on November 1.
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