Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Wolves,’ DREAMERS


After moving from Seattle to Brooklyn, three men who were formerly known as Motive and played alongside the likes of The Vaccines and Bear Hands are now re-entering the music world as DREAMERS. Rather than further exploring Motive’s grunge-inspired sound, the band transitioned to a psychedelic indie-rock aesthetic.

“There was never a moment when we considered stopping,” Nelson, the single-named bassist for DREAMERS, says. “Motive was just an important step in us getting where we are creatively.” The band’s heavily animated and graphic website further elucidates the psychedelic thematic presence, while simultaneously expanding upon their name. As the website says, “We are impractical… we are boundless. We are enchanted. We are asleep to the waking world. We are DREAMERS.”

The magnetic qualities of human interaction inspired their first single “Wolves,” which we are pleased to premiere here. As the band’s guitarist and vocalist Nick Wold’s father used to say, “If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.” Adapting this saying, Wold now sings, “If you lie down with wolves, you learn to howl.” Neither innately positive nor negative, the phrase leaves room for interpretation in accordance with the rest of the song.

“[It’s] about how other people can drag you into their world for better or worse,” Nelson explains. “It’s heartbreaking, actually.”

Taking a cue from the name DREAMERS, it’s only fitting that the band draws inspiration from the expanse of the universe and our existence beyond physicality. For the band, this motivation means “anything to shake us out of normal meaningless distractions and compel us to do something strange.” This includes looking at artists and filmmakers, as well as literary figures, including Hieronymus Bosch, Hubert Selby Junior, and David Lynch.

On November 16, DREAMERS will release their first EP, This Album Does Not Exist. Despite the Magritte-esque title, Nelson says, “Music is a very personal language… music is our outward cry, acknowledging that we are here.”