Chatterbox: The Dream Eaters

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

We met while we were both bartending at the same place in Brooklyn. I had no idea Elizabeth was a singer until her husband told me, so I found some stuff she posted on soundcloud and liked it, and then I had her come over to my little studio in my apartment to record some new stuff I was working on.

It wasn’t instant magic but we could tell there was something there. So we started working together more and released a bunch of EPs under the name Jake and Elizabeth, which we would later decide is the worst name ever invented and change to the Dream Eaters.

That stuff was a little more shoe-gazy. Then we realized that what we thought was interesting about us was our voices working together in harmony, so we started focusing on that more, putting that more up front. We released a very stripped down EP, “Five Little Pills”; that sort of laid the groundwork for the album that we’re promoting now, “We Are A Curse”, which is a lot more about songwriting and singing.

Where did the new single come from?

Dead on the Inside is just about feeling lost, coming unmoored. Feeling like you can’t do anything right. That’s the whole album really, the theme that ties it together. That song went through a lot of stylistic changes while we were recording it; it was originally based on the groove from T. Rex’s “Mambo Sun”, and it was sung in more of a Marc Bolan-esque way, which you can still hear a little of in the verse, that breathy understated singing.

Then we sort of made it less funky and had it build more because I wanted it to be more like an update of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” or the Righteous Brother’s “Unchained Melody”, starting out subdued and building into a wall of sound, our version of that.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yes, we’re writing a new album which I’d guess would come out sometime early next year, although I’ve found it’s very difficult to predict these things. We’re also working on doing this really grand show that gets filmed live and the audience is like a choir but some of the details on that have yet to be firmed up and it might actually be so unrealistic that it’s silly to even spend money that we don’t have on it, but we’re pretty into the idea right now.

What’s on the horizon for you?

We’re doing a lot of shows this summer all over the Northeast and then this fall we’re planning on going to the Midwest and Canada. Right now we play live as a duo and I use a looper to loop vocals and we layer harmonies, but we hope to add a drummer and a bassist soon, at least to play with us in NYC. And I assume shortly after that happens we’ll extend every song into a 20 minute jam and become an arena rock band.

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