Dream Affair talk new album, touring, and poutine before their Montreal show this Friday
Dream Affair play music that sounds simultaneously old and new, combining the vocal style and frantic drive of Joy Division with cascading, heavily modded guitar tones that are all their own. The Philadelphia trio are currently on tour in support of their sophomore LP, From Now On, and are hitting Katacombes this Friday as the headliners for volume 7 of the Permanent Wave series. I recently took some time to talk with lead vocalist and guitarist Hayden Payne about the new album, Montreal, the Philadelphia music scene, and more.
What has changed on From Now On? How is it different from your previous efforts?
On From Now On, I approached the songs differently with more static analog drum machines and treated the instruments with more effects. I wanted to have a wall of sound and pull upon more dreamy influences such as Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. I think it is a step in the right direction for us, blending together many different influences into something unique.
Do you function differently as a band from the way you did when you
formed in 2009? Have you learned anything from the road?
We now have our original bass player Bryan back in the band. In the beginning it was much more of a solitary effort whereas now everyone contributes in writing, recording, and performing. We have learned how to do all those things better from playing together for this long now.
I hear you have a particular affinity for touring in Canada. Why is that?
We seem to be much better received out of the states, whether it is in Canada or in Europe. We can play a well-attended interactive show and sell more records. The audience and promoters are great. We also have many friends such as Automelodi in Montreal, and our label Artificial Records is based in Toronto.
Do you plan on doing anything special in Montreal?
Can you tell me anything about the Philadelphia music scene? How are you products of it? What else is going on there that readers might find interesting?
There aren't many places for bands to play in Philadelphia, but there is some good music coming from there such as SGNLS, Hot Guts, and Void Vision. Check those guys out.
After releasing the album, what's next? Just a lot of touring? Or are you still writing?
We want to work on a new full-length album and also hopefully get to the West coast and to Europe later this year.
What are you listening to these days? Anything you can recommend to readers?
Dark Entries has put out a couple things I love as of late: Linea Aspera and The Thing From The Crypt compilation. I'm also looking forward to the new Electric Voice compilation featuring Frank (Just Frank), Martin Dupont, Tropic of Cancer, and more. Martial Canterel is always a favorite, and I'm awaiting his new record also being released on Electric Voice (a Canadian label).
Watch the official music video for their song, The Porter:
Dream Affair play Katacombes this Friday with Automelodi, Tiers and Police des moeurs