Dreamend | A Review of So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite

The Chicago based shoegazer band Dreamend has released its fantastically titled album So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite. In it, Dreamend takes the listener on a banjo laden low-fi joyride that ranges from folksy numbers to more standard alternative rock tracks. So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite maintains a steady level of energy throughout the album with a tone that is slightly dark while keeping things from falling into an EMO pit of despair. Unlike most other folk inspired albums Dreamend’s new one incorporates a healthy amount  of distortion (which requires the shoe to be gazed upon in order to work the effects) to take up the background of some tracks, curiously the combination of banjo, distortion and vocal harmonies makes for a very pleasant musical experience, such as with the track A Thought. Ryan Graveface who is the only person in Dreamend (unless you count a synthesizer as backup) and delivers like quartet’s worth.  As for the album as a whole there is a certain quality to it which makes it one of those albums that will no doubt have people taking notice.  
Note: If you were wondering who designed the album art for So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite it was William Schaff who is an artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island. 

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