Dreamers (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)
As Dreamers frontman Nick Wold thanked the crowd at Amoeba Music for attending the band’s This Album Does Not Exist release show on August 26, he told the audience that the moment was surreal for him. He said the experience was a dream come true, and although it was an accomplishment to have the record out, it also felt like a new beginning.
The singer shared that he felt like he’d known his band forever, even though he’d only known bassist Marc Nelson for two years and drummer Jacob Wick for one.
“How much can you even really know anyone?” Nelson asked Wold jokingly when Wick made a witty comment about how Wold didn’t actually know him.
“It won’t reveal itself until the third date,” Wold joked back.
The stage banter made me think about the previous times I’d seen the band play live. The first time I saw Dreamers was back in April, at Social Hall SF. I hadn’t heard of the trio before, but I was howling along with the song “Wolves” by the end of the set. The band’s songs were fun, energetic, and catchy. So much so that I listened to the band’s self-titled 2014 EP on repeat for the rest of the week.
The next time I saw the Dreamers was in Fresno at Strummers. I was on my way to Los Angeles for work and found myself leaving a day early to catch the band play. The set included new songs such as “Sweet Disaster,” and I remember thinking the performance was worth staying a night at a sketchy motel in Fresno.
The third time was at the record release show at Amoeba. The setting was much more intimate than the previous times I’d seen the band. The stage at Amoeba Music was smaller and well-lit, as opposed to the dark venues I’d seen the members play before. They played sitting down, were eye-level with the audience, and all the songs on the set list were acoustic.
It was refreshing to hear songs I enjoyed, striped bare and reworked into a “chill vibes” tone. Each acoustic song was well done but “Drugs” and “Never Too Late To Dance” stood out among the rest.
Another pleasant surprise was how humble the band remained despite playing at Lollapalooza and getting airplay on LIVE 105. “You guys are amazing,” Wold said. “We didn’t know if anyone would come.”
As the night went on, the stage banter continued, and it became apparent just how close the band members were. They made fun of each other and interacted with the audience.
At the end of the set, when I saw the band chat with fans, sign vinyls, and high-five eager fans, I thought back to the third-date joke and about how much more personal this show seemed to be. Seeing Dreamers in this setting allowed me and others to see the band in a new light. Beneath the distortion pedals, fast guitar riffs, and stage lights was a group of friends excited to share a new record with the world.