Having recently announced their debut LP as Dream Police, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi (best known as the founding members of The Men) are sharing the title track from Hypnotized with us.
"Hypnotized" finds Dream Police utilizing a Roland 707 drum machine and Juno 106 synthesizer to compliment the psychedelic, and fuzzed out guitars that the two are best known for. Mark Perro's monotone vocals lay even with the instrumentation in the mix so that the entire track washes over you.
Back in the summer of 2013, The Men had just come home from five straight months of touring. For Perro and Chiericozzi, the desire to create was still strong, so they did what they used to do when they first started the band - they started jamming.
Although the production began using the most conservative rock n' roll devices, Chiericozzi suggested adding the drum machine to the song "Pouring Rain," and everything changed. Over the next six months, the two Men and their collaborator Kyle Keays-Hagerman spent countless hours reshaping every song, constructing them from nothing. They obsessed over every tone, every part. They'd spend an entire day on one snare crack.
The album slowly plumed into a cloud of future primitive psychedelia bursting with glimmering electronics and cinematic, vibrato storytelling. The result of that process is Hypnotized: something borne from The Men, but free of it. It was mixed the weekend after Tomorrow's Hits was released, and then Perro and Chiericozzi were off again.
*Dream Police is not a side project, rather a new realization for the original brains behind The Men's psychedelic & sonically stimulating vision.*
The band recently spoke to Noisey about their new record, and also have a batch of U.S. tour dates coming up, check all of that out, including the title track from Hypnotized, below.
9-25 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar (w/ Earth, Cult of Youth)
10-24 Ridgewood, NY - Trans Pecos (w/ Moon Duo, Amen Dunes, Marissa Nadler)
11-8 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar (Hypnotized Record Release Show)
11-11 Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground !
11-12 Washington, DC - Black Cat !
11-13 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups !
11-14 St. Louis, MO - The Demo !
11-15 Iowa, City, IA - The Mill !
11-16 Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit !
11-17 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle !
11-19 Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha !
11-20 Montreal, QB - Casa del Popolo !
11-21 Boston, MA - Church of Boston !
12-03 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
12-05 Los Angeles, CA - Jewels Catch One
12-06 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
12-07 Oakland, CA - Leo's
12-08 Sacramento, CA - Witch Room
12-10 Portland, OR - Holocene
12-11 Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret
12-12 Seattle, WA - Blue Moon
! w/ Honey
SACRED BONES RECORDS
2. My Mama's Dead
4. Pouring Rain
5. All We Are
7. Let It Be
Photo courtesy of Kevin Faulkner
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