Standing stoically in New York Harbor is the iconic Statute of Liberty. For 142 years, it has symbolized the very values expressed in the United States’ Star-Spangled Banner – freedom, opportunity, and courage. New York City itself has become the center of the American Dream, as tens of thousands of people descend upon its five boroughs each year to turn their goals and ambitions into reality. With the City teeming with ex-pats and Americans from other states, it’s only a matter of time before people of different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures meet. Such is the case with Brooklyn-based duo The Dream Eaters.
Comprised of Boston native Jake Zavracky and Calgary-born Elizabeth LeBaron, the two met by chance and learned they shared an affinity for music. Like how many bands are formed in NYC (see one of our favorites Belle Mare), the two ended up developing a chemistry that would lead to them creating ethereal dream-folk and dream-pop. They released their debut EP, Five Little Pills, a year ago, which was a mystical and fantasy-like compilation of five songs. Imagine a Hans Christian Anderson book of short stories put to song, which is what Five Little Pills was.
As they embark on their next phase of their musical journey, The Dream Eaters have set their sights in a new direction – the contemporary world and its changes and struggles. With the new focus comes a fuller and more cinematic sound, and all of this is revealed on their new single, “Dead On The Inside”, which we are pleased to premiere today.
From LeBaron’s haunting and engrossing vocals to Zavracky’s captivating instrumentation, the song is beautifully euphoric. It is like a dream slowly coming to life, one in which we endlessly struggle to reach our destination or wait for our free fall to end. But this dream is also reality, where in today’s political climate some may feel “dead on the inside, stepping on landmines”. “Dead On The Inside” might be the most stunning and gorgeous protest song you will ever hear. Leave it to a band from New York City to give us a powerful and memorable number that will haunt our minds, steal our hearts, and motivate us to do more.
Hear the song below. “Dead On The Inside” is the lead single from The Dream Eaters’ forthcoming, debut album, We Are A Curse. The LP officially arrives on April 14th, and it can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp.
Biography of The Dream Eaters
The Dream Eaters bring skin-tingling harmonies together as a dream-pop duo like no other. Blending the vocals of Jake Zavracky and Elizabeth LeBaron, their music will envelop and transform you. Formerly known as simply Jake and Elizabeth, the duo’s sound has evolved from classic shoe-gaze roots to a stripped down, dreamy and ethereal vocal focus. While they draw from a number of influences including dream pop, psychedelic, folk and rock genres, their sound stands in a category of its own, focused around the core of harmonious and haunting melodies.
The Dream Eaters story originated in 2015. After playing clubs with various projects and toiling in obscurity for years in his hometown of Boston and later New York City, Zavracky decided to give up the musicians dream and stop performing completely. Then, while working as a bartender at a dive bar in Brooklyn, he met LeBaron, another bartender who had just relocated from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Discovering that they were fellow musicians, they began to collaborate and found an instant connection. As a composer and producer, Zavracky began writing songs for LeBaron to sing alone but soon found their voices blended together in harmony to create a wholly unique sound. With friends and a growing fanbase providing support, they released a number of EP’s and performed live as “Jake And Elizabeth”. As they began to further define their sound, they began performing under the name “The Dream Eaters”.
Their self-produced debut EP, Five Little Pills, was released on June 23, 2016, as the first official release under their new band name. A bare-bones production that they self-recorded and released, it provided the precursor of solidifying their new sound and establishing the process they would use to record their first full-length debut album, We Are A Curse.
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