Interview: DREAMERS on Bumbershoot and The Meadows, playing with Chester Bennington, and their upcoming tour

Take a look at most of this summer’s best festivals, and you’ll find DREAMERS on the bill. The up-and-coming indie rock act are making the rounds with a new album, “This Album Does Not Exist”, and the lead single “Sweet Disaster,”  which recently broke into the top 10 on alternative radio.

In addition to a hometown show last weekend in Seattle at Bumbershoot, DREAMERS will also hit the stage at The Meadows in New York City later this month before heading out on a massive tour with The Maine and Night Riots this fall. We caught up with the band to talk about their busy summer of touring, playing with Chester Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots, and what fans can expect from their upcoming tour.

Dreamers at FPSF in Texas

I saw you at Free Press in Houston earlier this summer, and now you’re playing a bunch more festivals like Bumbershoot, The Meadows, ACL. What’s this summer of festivals been like? Are there bands you’ve met and gotten close with from playing the same festivals?
The shows this summer have been exhilarating. There is just something about the energy at festivals. A lot of the first shows we saw growing up were festivals. Formative experiences that contributed to us looking up to the bands and saying, “That is what I want to do.” It’s a trip being on the other side, playing to enthusiastic crowds who are only there for the music. Of course, it’s always great getting to catch the sets of other bands we love. We don’t always get to do that, being on the road so much. So at fests we get to be the audience too. We’ve met a lot of wonderful musicians doing this. Recently we had a set where one of our idols was watching us side-stage (not gonna name drop but his band rhymes with “Tweezer”). No pressure!

Bumbershoot last weekend, and The Meadows which is coming up, are both hometown festivals in a way. What’s it like to be playing such big shows in cities you’ve lived in?
It’s actually really a head trip, especially playing Bumbershoot after growing up in Seattle. One of my first concert experiences was here, I learned how to crowd-surf at age 12 in Memorial Stadium. It makes me feel like all the dreams I had of being in a band when I was younger were real.

You’ve explained the meaning behind “This Album Does Not Exist” before. Does anyone think it’s a Mean Girls reference? (“The limit does not exist!”)
I don’t think any of us have seen “Mean Girls”. After actually dealing with mean people in high school I assumed it would be traumatic. Now we have world leaders acting like mean high schoolers. Someone should parody current politics to resemble a teen drama set in middle school. You wouldn’t even have to change the dialogue. Getting an idea for a music video.

You were selected to open for Stone Temple Pilots in 2015, which is when Chester Bennington was performing with the band. What was that experience like?
That was one of DREAMERS’ first big tours. It’s hard to talk about now without getting emotional. We’re lifelong fans of STP, and Chester. Chester just went the extra mile. We were just starting out, toughing it. Sleeping in the van some nights, cramming into crummy hotels. The second day of that part of our tour, Chester bought us nice hotels for the entire month. Out of pocket, he just helped us out and never asked for anything in return. It left an impression. Everyone in STP treated us with love and respect and generosity. We’ll never forget it.

How did the tour with the Maine come about? Did you know the band before?
Our friends The Mowgli’s were touring with The Maine and we caught their sets one night. We were blown away! Sometime after that they asked us to join them and we jumped at the chance. Sweeter still is that Night Riots are on that tour, who we know and love dearly. It’s going to be nuts in the best way and we can’t wait.

What can fans expect from these final few festival dates and the upcoming tour? Anything you’re especially looking forward to?
You can expect a party, cosmic vibes, crowd surfing, music, love and ritual. We’ve been writing a lot in between the festivals. Lots of new stuff cooking. We’re looking forward to it all really, but mostly just seeing fans and sharing the moment with our audience. We do this to make memories, so that’s what’s gonna happen.

Upcoming Dates:
09 Sep 949 IndieJam Oceanside, CA
17 Sep Meadows Festival New York, NY
14 Oct Austin City Limits Austin, TX
24 Oct Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA
25 Oct Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
27 Oct The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
30 Oct Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
31 Oct Delmar Hall Saint Louis, MO
01 Nov House Of Blues Chicago, IL
03 Nov Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
04 Nov Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
07 Nov The Palladium Worcester, MA
09 Nov Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
10 Nov Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
11 Nov The Norva Norfolk, VA
12 Nov Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
14 Nov Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
15 Nov The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
17 Nov House of Blues New Orleans, LA
18 Nov Gas Monkey Bar N Grill Dallas, TX
19 Nov Emo’s Austin, TX
22 Nov The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ
24 Nov House Of Blues Anaheim, CA

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Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Interview: DREAMERS on Bumbershoot and The Meadows, playing with Chester Bennington, and their upcoming tour

Take a look at most of this summer’s best festivals, and you’ll find DREAMERS on the bill. The up-and-coming indie rock act are making the rounds with a new album, “This Album Does Not Exist”, and the lead single “Sweet Disaster,”  which recently broke into the top 10 on alternative radio.

In addition to a hometown show last weekend in Seattle at Bumbershoot, DREAMERS will also hit the stage at The Meadows in New York City later this month before heading out on a massive tour with The Maine and Night Riots this fall. We caught up with the band to talk about their busy summer of touring, playing with Chester Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots, and what fans can expect from their upcoming tour.

Dreamers at FPSF in Texas

I saw you at Free Press in Houston earlier this summer, and now you’re playing a bunch more festivals like Bumbershoot, The Meadows, ACL. What’s this summer of festivals been like? Are there bands you’ve met and gotten close with from playing the same festivals?
The shows this summer have been exhilarating. There is just something about the energy at festivals. A lot of the first shows we saw growing up were festivals. Formative experiences that contributed to us looking up to the bands and saying, “That is what I want to do.” It’s a trip being on the other side, playing to enthusiastic crowds who are only there for the music. Of course, it’s always great getting to catch the sets of other bands we love. We don’t always get to do that, being on the road so much. So at fests we get to be the audience too. We’ve met a lot of wonderful musicians doing this. Recently we had a set where one of our idols was watching us side-stage (not gonna name drop but his band rhymes with “Tweezer”). No pressure!

Bumbershoot last weekend, and The Meadows which is coming up, are both hometown festivals in a way. What’s it like to be playing such big shows in cities you’ve lived in?
It’s actually really a head trip, especially playing Bumbershoot after growing up in Seattle. One of my first concert experiences was here, I learned how to crowd-surf at age 12 in Memorial Stadium. It makes me feel like all the dreams I had of being in a band when I was younger were real.

You’ve explained the meaning behind “This Album Does Not Exist” before. Does anyone think it’s a Mean Girls reference? (“The limit does not exist!”)
I don’t think any of us have seen “Mean Girls”. After actually dealing with mean people in high school I assumed it would be traumatic. Now we have world leaders acting like mean high schoolers. Someone should parody current politics to resemble a teen drama set in middle school. You wouldn’t even have to change the dialogue. Getting an idea for a music video.

You were selected to open for Stone Temple Pilots in 2015, which is when Chester Bennington was performing with the band. What was that experience like?
That was one of DREAMERS’ first big tours. It’s hard to talk about now without getting emotional. We’re lifelong fans of STP, and Chester. Chester just went the extra mile. We were just starting out, toughing it. Sleeping in the van some nights, cramming into crummy hotels. The second day of that part of our tour, Chester bought us nice hotels for the entire month. Out of pocket, he just helped us out and never asked for anything in return. It left an impression. Everyone in STP treated us with love and respect and generosity. We’ll never forget it.

How did the tour with the Maine come about? Did you know the band before?
Our friends The Mowgli’s were touring with The Maine and we caught their sets one night. We were blown away! Sometime after that they asked us to join them and we jumped at the chance. Sweeter still is that Night Riots are on that tour, who we know and love dearly. It’s going to be nuts in the best way and we can’t wait.

What can fans expect from these final few festival dates and the upcoming tour? Anything you’re especially looking forward to?
You can expect a party, cosmic vibes, crowd surfing, music, love and ritual. We’ve been writing a lot in between the festivals. Lots of new stuff cooking. We’re looking forward to it all really, but mostly just seeing fans and sharing the moment with our audience. We do this to make memories, so that’s what’s gonna happen.

Upcoming Dates:
09 Sep 949 IndieJam Oceanside, CA
17 Sep Meadows Festival New York, NY
14 Oct Austin City Limits Austin, TX
24 Oct Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA
25 Oct Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
27 Oct The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
30 Oct Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
31 Oct Delmar Hall Saint Louis, MO
01 Nov House Of Blues Chicago, IL
03 Nov Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
04 Nov Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
07 Nov The Palladium Worcester, MA
09 Nov Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
10 Nov Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
11 Nov The Norva Norfolk, VA
12 Nov Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
14 Nov Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
15 Nov The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
17 Nov House of Blues New Orleans, LA
18 Nov Gas Monkey Bar N Grill Dallas, TX
19 Nov Emo’s Austin, TX
22 Nov The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ
24 Nov House Of Blues Anaheim, CA

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