”I like to be real. I want people to feel connected... I can’t be fake, that’s just not in me. I can’t put on a façade.”
That’s the quote from Dream State vocalist CJ Gilpin that comes alongside the band’s debut album, ‘Primrose Path’ - and it’s one that sums up the Welsh upstarts well. There’s nothing filtered here.
Emotionally raw and dealing with life as it comes, they’re tapping into a vein of no holds barred rock that’s more than willing to draw from any and all directions.
Mixing riffs and electronic wizardry, there’s more than one layer to their craft. ‘Are You Ready To Live’ is a direct hit, while ‘Open Windows’ skewers the insecurity and disconnection of a social media-obsessed modern life.
As ‘I Feel It Too’ smoulders to a close - all spoken word and screaming emotions - there’s no doubting it at all; Dream State are the real deal. There’s nothing fake here.