Australian newcomers Are We Dreaming have fused an intriguing experimental progressive rock sound that fuses intoxicating mellow vocals with dreamy 80s influences, melodic guitars and driving drums. In short, we’re a little bit in love with the sound of this band.
Having started out as a duo between Shaun Bowling and percussionist Daniel Hutt, they recently completed the lineup with bassist Paul Ditton in their mission to “seek to open your mind to new possibilities through our music.”
The band sent us latest single Distant Scattered Skies to have a listen to, and it’s a beautiful, captivating track. It opens up with flittering guitar lick with building drums then continuing with searing synth sounds.
That drops into a mellow opening verse led by the vocals “Paint a dream for all we sacrificed, Watch the colours bleed, Illuminating seas far and wide, How they rise and how they fall.” That builds up to a delicious little chorus of “We were born in distant scattered skies” that you can’t help but sing along to.
A laid-back verse follows, this time with stabbing synth and driving drums pushing it forwards into a chorus that’s extended with the line “And we were drowned with silence.” Bouncy guitars follow, then continue under dreamy high-pitched vocals that flows into a big final chorus. It’s beautiful and we love it. Check it out in the cool video below:
That follows the band’s debut track Tranceformation, which sees slightly heavier guitar riffs and more dancey drums under distant vocals. It’s an intriguing, moody, highly atmospheric track, which ends on heavier guitars and a searing high note, that furthers the intrigue of Are We Dreaming. Check it out here:
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them. Read on below…
GR: Who are Are We Dreaming?
AWD: “Are We Dreaming are an alternative/progressive rock band from Wollongong, NSW. Singer and guitarist Shaun Bowling and drummer and percussionist Daniel Hutt created Are We Dreaming in 2018 with the idea to merge their own personal styles into one sonically diverse sound.
“With the combination of Bowling’s intoxicating mellow vocals and melodic guitar riffs and Hutt’s driving drum rhythms, they have recently added Paul Ditton on Bass from local Wollongong rock band Crash Tragic.”
GR: You just released Distant Scattered Skies. What should people be expecting from the song?
AWD: “Everything was sprouted from the main guitar riff in the song and then coming together with a message stemmed out of a feeling of being pushed up against a wall and then knowing exactly what to do to get out of such complexity. I then brought the idea to the band and that is where the song started to take shape.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
“Distant Scattered Skies is a track that is anchored in humanity with hammering almost 80’s sounding drums while still feeling like a modern composition, the guitars phosphorescent in the wake of exploratory vocals with a huge hooky chorus.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
“Growth and change could be seen as the main catalyst behind the music. Using it as a therapy to explore, heal through those changing times.
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
AWD: “We are inspired by all types of artist and genres in particular ones who are progressive in their art even through the changing of their age and musical climates. Examples would be:
Shaun: Tom Delonge, Angels and Airwaves
Paul: Everything from Robert Smith and The Cure to Motley Crue. Also loves a sneaky bit of bro country when no one is around!
Dan: Prog drummers, Dream Theatre, Rush, COG
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
AWD: “Music has always been a massive part in our lives it’s a fun way to explore and reflect on life and we are open to what it can teach us… there will be plenty of music happening in 2020.
“We have the next single ready to go and it’s a completely different sound to Distant Scattered Skies and will surprise people.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
AWD: “Our passion for music means we are also enjoying other projects Shaun the singer has a solo folk project under the name of Shaun Baxter and Dan and Paul are in another Wollongong band called Crash Tragic.”