Out Now: Take a Trip with the Dream Syndicate’s Psychedelic New Album ‘These Times’

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Paisley Underground legends the Dream Syndicate returned on Friday with These Times, a new album and their second since reuniting in 2012 nearly three decades since their formation. Pick up a copy of the album here.

A sharp musical reaction to and commentary on the current state of things in the United States, These Times is a deeply psychedelic listen, as evidenced by pre-release tracks such as “Put Some Miles On”:

Vocalist/songwriter Steve Wynn detailed the inspiration behind These Times in a statement in the news release:

“When I was writing the songs for the new album I was pretty obsessed with Donuts by J-Dilla,” lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn explained. “I loved the way that he approached record making as a DJ, a crate-digger, a music fan wanting to lay out all of his favorite music, twist and turn the results until he made them into his own. I was messing around with step sequencers, drum machines, loops—anything to take me out of my usual way of writing and try to feel as though I was working on a compilation rather than ‘more of the same’. You might not automatically put The Dream Syndicate and J-Dilla in the same sentence, but I hear that album when I hear our new one.”

Stream the epic These Times below, via Spotify:


And catch the Dream Syndicate on the road:

5/7 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba Records In-Store
5/10 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
5/11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
5/16 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/17 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/18 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
5/30 – Milwaukee, WI – Collectivo
5/31 – Chicago, IL – The Hide Out SOLD OUT
6/1 – Chicago, IL – The Hide Out SOLD OUT
6/18 – Ancona, Italy – Corte Mole Vanvitelliana
6/19 – Milano, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
6/20 – Cesenatico (FC) – Arena Cappuccini
6/21 – Fiorano Modenese (MO) – Teatro Astoria
6/22 – Rome, Italy – Monk Club

10/13 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10/14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
10/15 – Hamburg, Germany – Nochtspeicher
10/16 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
10/17 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
10/18 – Paris, France – Petit Bain
10/19 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10/21 – London, UK – Scala

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