REVIEW: Kawasaki Dream – “Kawasaki Dream”


Kawasaki Dream
Kawasaki Dream

Finding psych rock meets metal gems floating out in the ether is a magical and privileged opportunity I have, and I’m fortunate to have it. I suppose it’s fair to say that everyone has that same access to seek out new music, but as I labor under the pretense that time is a precious, precious commodity not to be given lightly, so I feel lucky to be able to share the interesting things that I find. And Kawasaki Dream certainly fits that criteria in a way that I would definitely not have anticipated. It’s a nice prize and one I’ll happily claim. By rocking out that is.

This is obviously a serious of demos. It’s not for lack of craft here that I write that, but the text on the Bandcamp attributes this to Max Overstreet alone, which you can hear all the same by the presence of drum machines (or maybe not… it sounds that way in some spots and less in others… don’t want to misrepresent… maybe it’s just a very clean and precise drum sound). Maybe I’m just used to hearing demo tapes, my own or otherwise, and can spot it. I guess what I’m saying is that if you listen to this and like it, you should reach out and be in this band. Because it’s good.
Oh… what’s it sound like? You would ask that. This is entirely instrumental and leans fairly metal, or at least heavy. In noisy(er) indie, I can never really make a proper distinction, but suffice it to say you won’t confuse this with Iron Maiden. Think early Smashing Pumpkins or Hum, just visceral riffage never shy with the distortion pedal. For a contemporary reference, you might check out the band Ventura, which has the same kind of emphasis on thick chord structures that I’d be willing to bet are in a dropped tuning. 
This is smart music. Songs like Mental Health Day show off Overstreet’s ability to get down, and to mix up the dynamics like a champ. Opener Solitary leans on the chorus/phaser hard and in doing so manages some especially interesting drone notes that kind of float in the background. Closer Five Hour Synergy is perhaps the heaviest of the lot, with plenty of minor chord antics. This is an entirely cohesive album and one well worth your time. I’m looking forward to what’s next.

Listen to the album in its entirety below: