The new single from The Dream Syndicate, ‘The Way In’, is out now. Fresh off a US tour with Mott The Hoople ’74, The Dream Syndicate have shared the new single taken from their forthcoming album ‘These Times’.
“It’s the leadoff track, kind of a Rosetta Stone, decoder ring, instruction manual to light the way,” Lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn said of “The Way In”. “It’s all about clearing the decks, dusting off, fastening the spacesuit and bracing yourself for what might come next. It sounds like something we might have heard on the radio in 1981 when we were forming the band thinking, ‘Maybe we ought to sound like that.’”
There are two phases of The Dream Syndicate. There was the band with revolving line ups that existed from 1982 to 1988 and made four albums including The Days of Wine and Roses and Medicine Show, both of which have influenced bands and delighted fans in the years since. Then there is the band that reunited in 2012 and is closing in on its seventh year, longer than the run of Phase One, with nary a line up change. This 21st Century version of the Dream Syndicate released How Did I Find Myself Here in 2017 to universal acclaim, no small feat for a band reuniting after almost three decades.
“Referencing who we were and what we had done the first time around but also taking it all someplace new and fresh: It’s a tough balance,” Wynn explained. “Ignore your past and you’re just using the band’s name for convenience, mire yourself too much in the past and you’re a parody— we did neither.”
The band recorded once again at Montrose Studios in Richmond, Virginia. Co-produced by John Agnello (Phosphorescent, Waxahatchee, Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr.).
“Almost all of the songs were written in the last year so it all feels really new to all of us which is pretty exciting,” Wynn explained. “Just like the last time, I wrote the lyrics after we finished tracking so that the words would be dictated by the sound rather than the other way around.”
The Dream Syndicate have announced 2019 European/U.K. tour dates, starting with the Italian tour in June, and following up with more shows in mainland Europe and U.K. in October this year
June 18, 2019 – Ancona, Corte Mole Vanvitelliana (IT)
June 19, 2019 – Milan, Magnolia (IT)
June 20, 2019 – Cesenatico, Arena Cappuccini (IT)
June 21, 2019 – Fiorano Modenese, Teatro Astoria (IT)
October 13, 2019 – Oslo, John Dee (NO)
October 14, 2019 – Copenhagen, Loppen (DK)
October 15, 2019 – Hamburg, Nochtspeicher (DE)
October 16, 2019 – Berlin, Lido (DE)
October 17, 2019 – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg (NL)
October 18, 2019 – Paris, Le Petit Bain (FR)
October 19, 2019 – Brussels, AB Club (BE)
October 21, 2019 – London, Scala (UK)