On May 3, the Dream Syndicate will release a new album titled These Times, the follow-up to 2017’s How Did I Find Myself Here? and just the second album since 1988.
The psychedelic rock band known for its roots in the Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s premiered a video for a track called “Put Some Miles On,” a song whose title has a double meaning alluding to both passing time on the road and listening with appreciation to the influential jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis.
The video, directed by David Dalglish, is a visual acid trip, really:
Dream Syndicate vocalist/guitarist Steve Wynn said of Dalglish in a statement that the director is “gradually becoming the visual interpreter of our music,” and it’s easy to see why.
More info on the album, from the press release:
The Dream Syndicate recorded These Times once again at Montrose Studios in Richmond, Virginia. Co-produced by John Agnello (Phosphorescent, Waxahatchee, Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr.), Wynn wrote all of the song’s lyrics in the studio after the band finished tracking, so that the words would be dictated by the sound rather than the other way around. This process contributed to the urgency of the album’s title.
“These Times. That’s it. It is all we’re talking about, all we’re thinking about. There is no avoiding the existential panic of a world that’s hurtling somewhere quickly, evolving, and shifting course by the hour. It seems like a lie to not address or reflect the things that we can’t stop thinking about—the whole world’s watching indeed. The lyrics are just a mirror of the dread, panic, mania, speculation, melancholy and ultimately shrugging abandonment that just might follow. It’s just all about where we are.”
Catch the band on the road this spring, either on headlining gigs or supporting Mott the Hoople:
4/5 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore w/ Mott the Hoople
4/6 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic w/ Mott the Hoople
4/8 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre w/ Mott the Hoople
4/9 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre w/ Mott the Hoople
5/10 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
5/11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
5/16 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/17 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/18 – Somerville, MA – Once
5/30 – Milwaukee, WI – Collectivo
6/1 – Chicago, IL – The Hide Out