Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with Jeremy Lyon of King Dream. King Dream is one of those bands you will find hard to pin into a single genre. They are one of those bands that follows their ears and hearts, constantly finding and defining their sound.
Their new video, ‘The Wild Card’, releasing today, is evident of that. Brilliantly illustrated and animated by Rob Fidel, the video is a true alternative to the mainstream, showing us all that true originality is not hard to find if you know where to look for it. The combination of the creativity of both the band and Rob is truly a symbiotically beautiful and lucid piece of art merging together to form something completely new and different.
And, in today’s interview, we talk with Jeremy about the new video and Rob’s work as well as the upcoming album ‘Glory Daze V’, dropping in January and anything and everything King Dream we can think of. This is an in depth interview in the form of a conversation you won’t want to miss out on.
About ‘The Wild Card’
“The Wild Card” is the first single off of King Dream’s upcoming album Glory Daze V, which is slated to release in January. “Written in one sitting ahead of the 2020 election, it felt like we’d been stripped of our freedom and democracy over the past four years. Our whole perception of reality was through the lens of a mainstream media that militarized and polarized people into two camps through fear mongering.
The 2020 fires were a dystopian hellscape. We couldn’t go anywhere, we had no power, it rained ash, and looked like something out of ‘Blade Runner.’ We watched people murdered by the law on YouTube. I felt like a hypocrite, wanting diversity, marching against police brutality for BLM, yet living in the country, in an overwhelming white friend group I’d found through playing indie/rock and folk/americana music.” In addition to self producing the track, this is the first self mixed song that Jeremy Lyon has ever released.
About King Dream
King Dream is a Bay Area rock ‘n’ roll band helmed by Oakland native Jeremy Lyon, a lifelong songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who crafts dive bar anthems with heart, brains and soul. Hard-rocking yet poignant, his music combines a love for American rock masters like Springsteen and Petty with ‘60s West Coast psychedelia and more contemporary torch-bearers like My Morning Jacket and The War on Drugs — all brought to life by a band of Northern California’s most in-demand players.
Lyon has played Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, toured nationally and internationally, and also knows what it’s like to busk on the street. King Dream songs deftly balance hope and world-weariness. They seem wise beyond their years, and they also have a way of sneaking up on you. Their shout-along choruses and searing guitar solos are at home in a darkened saloon, to be sure, but also — you know the giddy, ragged vulnerability that arrives when you’ve been awake for way too long on a road trip? Between the good times and the clinks of beer bottles these songs inspire a wistfulness, deep in your bones, for a place you’ve never been.