Dream Eternal Bliss
BandBlurb.comIt’s not every day that a couple of respected progressive rock musicians decide to abandon their love of the long-format concept record and pursue something more commercially appealing, but that’s precisely what happened when Days Before Tomorrow founder, Scott Kahn, got together with DBT bandmate Derek Davodowich to plot the next chapter of their musical journey.
In many ways this was a full-circle type of journey, as Kahn (keyboards) was inspired to become a musician thanks to his love of British artists such as Gary Numan and Duran Duran, and Davodowich (guitar) came from the world of AOR bands like Toto and Giant. Pop was in their DNA; they just didn’t realize how much so until they began developing material for their new project.
“We came at this thinking about classic pop bands with great musicianship that we have always loved,” Kahn explains. “Tears for Fears, Berlin, Duran Duran, Roxette. These were great pop artists that were never afraid to feature guitars alongside big keyboards.” Davodowich shares, “We also love modern bands such as Chvrches and The 1975. So for us, DEB was about combining our love of classic and modern Euro-pop with our need to create meaningful music that has depth, intricacies, and a broad stylistic appeal.”
Drummer Byron Barbieri (The Empire Hideous) had shared New York City stages many years prior with Kahn, and it was their mutual friend and former alternative rock bandmate, Dave Sempier (Five Star Dive/Untitled Art) who knew that these two would make a perfect musical fit.
The search for a vocalist took many twists and turns. The band began with one fresh new singer, Carrie Edwards, but after their successful EP debut and a few great live performances, Edwards quit music entirely, having found herself emotionally distraught and uncomfortable in the role of lead vocalist for an emerging rock band. This setback could have torn apart any band, but not Dream Eternal Bliss.
The band spent most of 2016 and the start of 2017 auditioning new singers to replace Edwards, constantly facing a barrage of vocalists who were simply good, but without the special something needed to take an indie band to the next level. Once again, though, raw talent won out over experience as the band welcomed Faith Banca, a fantastic young vocalist (now 22) whose dreamy voice and vibrant personality won the band over before she finished singing the first song at her audition.
“We knew within minutes that if Faith wanted the spot, it was hers,” according to Davodowich. “It was so refreshing to hear her breathe new life into the DEB songs.” Banco is also a songwriter and pianist, and she and Kahn found easy synergy writing together despite coming from different musical generations. “The band had been amassing a huge collection of song ideas since parting ways with Carie,” explains Kahn. “It was great to sit down with Faith and start fleshing out lyrics and melody ideas for the songs we’d been writing, and working together has been fantastic. We’ve really evolved the sound and style of the band.”
Combining the vibe of classic New Wave with modern rock attitude and a touch of prog rock sophistication, Dream Eternal Bliss deliver a fresh, new sound that innovates; not emulates.
Story created by Jacqueline Jax
Radio host / Music Journalist