In the words of front man Doran Edwards, “Weird Dreams is a bitter sweet pop band with twists”, one that is influenced in equal measure by The Beach Boys (but then again isn’t everyone?) and the movies of surrealist auteur David Lynch. A promising mix indeed as this east London four piece seek to underscore their jangly, sun tinted guitars and at times sickly sweet vocals with darker, brooding lyrics on masochism, teenage resentment and vividly unnerving dreams. So, a conventional guitar pop outfit juxtaposing their dreamy nostalgia against a typically suburban sense of despair and drawing from that well visited pool of inspiration home to Beach Boys, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Brilliant.
However, any similarities to Lynch and The Beach Boys are superficial. The former is famed for his distortion of reality and disregard for conventional narrative plot patterns, as well as being a master at creating an overpowering sense of unease, his films owing much to the most nightmarish aspects of our nocturnal imaginings. Weird Dreams, despite providing an apt description of much of Lynch’s oeuvre (anyone who has seen the “Rabbits” sitcom from Inland Empire will know what I mean) at times sound more Ocean Drive than Mulholland Drive. As for The Beach Boys their harmonies and melodies are habitually imitated and yet rarely equalled. Despite the lyrical content, Choreography is just a pleasant album and no more and beneath all the Wilson and Lynchian eulogies there is little substance to fall in
love with. It has its moments, achieved by straying from the otherwise rigidly adhered to song structures; songs like “666.66” which begins with ominous rumblings leading to some down beat garage psych, and “Little Girl” which, if we were in America, would be rightly touted as a good “make out” song. However, these moments are few and far between, the rest of the album being an altogether too predictable a listen and not a thing like Lynch’s films, or indeed his music, (although the less said about Crazy Clown Time the better I think).
Choreography is released on Tough Love April 2nd, which coincides with a few dates with The War on Drugs. Having already supported Stephen Malkmus of Pavement it looks like Weird Dreams are set for a weirdly bright future.