Melody (vocals), Jessy (keys), Brandon (guitar/vocals), Tom (guitar), Statton (bass) and Connor (drums) are Dream Sister. Apparently the band has been around for fifteen years! Which in band years is quite long. They started off playing covers and somewhere along the line started writing originals. The band released a five-song EP entitled Miasma.
After spending some time with the EP I thought the band delivered conventional alternative songs. That’s not a bad thing and not everything has to be pushing boundaries. They play into a lot of alternatives tropes that were introduced in the ’90s. In fact if someone played this band for me without my knowing when it was released I would say sometime in the mid ’90s.
Another thing to note is the five songs were part of the RPM challenge. The challenge dictates that ten songs or thirty-five minutes have to be completed in a month. As a songwriter myself for over twenty-five years I personally think the challenge has a lot of flaws inherent within the process.
The band opens with “Plan” which sounded somewhat like Maroon 5 to me. It combines funky, rock rhythms. Melody has a good voice but the song has a bar room type feel to it that is hard to pinpoint. Again, this isn’t a bad thing but I was transported back to my 20’s in an overcrowded bar listening to this type of music from a local band.
“Fool You” is a pretty straightforward alternative track with no real surprises but it is fairly catchy. “Not Enough” fares a little bit better due to the hook which again feels conventional but is well delivered. I thought “Wait” was the highlight by a pretty far margin. Melody sounded her best here. The vocal performance is more nuanced, heartfelt and melancholy and this seemed to be the most natural for her. There are also clean guitars and the band is at their best. The song is emotionally resonant in a way that I wasn't sure the band was capable of. They close with “Now We Know” which is a hard rock song that is too familiar sounding to really leave that much of an impression.
My suggestion for the band is to build a foundation to their sound. They are all over the place playing into specific sub genres. I would take the vibe they uncover on “Wait” and play with that sound. In my opinion whether or not the band knows it this is where they thrive.
The band still seems to be a little too influenced from their days as a cover band to have songs that felt distinctly their own. That being said there is talent here and I think my suggestion of building a more precise sound off of “Wait” should be considered. I hope to hear more from the band.
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