Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Dream On Dreamer released their first album Heartbound through Rise Records and amassed a strong following here in the States. This time around, the collective took on a decidedly DIY approach, with their second magnum opus Loveless being produced and mixed by guitarist Callan Orr, while vocalist Marcel Gadacz designed the artwork and imagery for the record. Now released worldwide through UNFD, Loveless is an inspiring effort with heartfelt lyrics and soaring melodies that go above and beyond what one normally encounters within the metalcore genre. Fans of acts such as Bring Me The Horizon and Memphis May Fire will be thoroughly enraptured by the exhilarating songs Dream On Dreamer has to offer to the world at large. Here is a recent interview we conducted with Callan Orr to find out more about this dynamic band and their sonic reveries. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Dream On Dreamer and how long the band has been together.
I’m Callan, I play guitar in Dream On Dreamer and we have been a band for a little over 4 years now
Where is the band from and what is the local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re from Melbourne Australia, the local scene is great, I’m glad we’re not still getting started. There’s so much talent arising that I think it’s becoming quite hard for bands to stand out. Some great up and coming bands are Storm The Sky, Pridelands and Ocean Grove.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Loveless?
Our title track Loveless is about the struggles of self doubt and how it can effect someone in many ways, I know for Marcel for a period of time the self doubt made him feel as though he was incapable of love. For me personally I think self doubt is something most people struggle with, as a result we quite often try to tear others down, it’s hard to watch those around you succeed when you feel as though you can’t do anything right. Even if our attempts see some form of success, it is within our nature to find an aspect that we are unhappy with, maybe not at first but once you get used to something it becomes a neutral plain that you always want to improve on. We’re programmed to think our life is like a movie, that it’s always going to get better and better until we come to a glorious climax where all our troubles are resolved and our dreams come true. But in reality it has just as much chance of going the other way. For me the title is about the importance of being able to look at your current situation, be proud of what you’ve done and be grateful for what you have rather than dwelling on what you don’t. This isn’t Marcel’s meaning directly but this is the meaning I like to take away from it. Also on that note, while I find it hard to believe in myself, I find comfort in being able to believe in my band. I’m surrounded by some of the best musicians and friends I’ve ever met. Marcel and Zach’s vocal abilities are what inspire me to try and reach those standards of excellence in songwriting.
Select two songs from Loveless and what inspired the lyrical content.
I can’t really answer what inspired the lyrics.. I know most of it was written when Marcel was stuck in Bali (long story) and he was hanging out with some supposed gnarly wise old dude.
How does Loveless compare to your previous Rise Records release Heartbound and are you still associated with Rise Records at all?
I think for this release it is a lot more personal, our artwork was designed by Marcel and all music was written and recorded by my brother Kevin and myself. It’s ironic that we chose to take the DIY path when the album relates to the aforementioned topic of self doubt, and finding the strength to believe in yourself. I think this album differentiates from Heartbound in the sense that Loveless was created with a lot more honest intentions, I think Heartbound was created around a business plan, we wrote the songs with hopes to appeal to an audience rather than ourselves. That being said, Loveless is not out on Rise, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be working with them in the future, who knows.
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming tour with Silverstein and Palisades?
We all really enjoy Silverstein’s latest album, I think we’re most excited about being able to support great music and to be given the chance to play to an audience who in our opinion have great tastes.
What could one expect from a live Dream On Dreamer show and is there any chance of your band making its way back to the US for some shows?
At our shows we always try to lay it all out there and deliver our message with as much passion and effort as possible.
We’re always willing to play shows where ever and when ever, if an appealing tour arises in the US we’ll be sure to take it. We all miss the US and are dying to come back.
What was the experience like opening for Avenged Sevenfold and did you get to hang out with them at all?
Opening for Avenged Sevenfold was a crazy experience, we were very grateful for the opportunity and it was pretty wild as the slot opened up less than a week before the tour started if I recall correctly. We hung out with Arin a fair bit, and we talked to Synyster Gates. Apart from that we just saw the others floating around, they were all really nice guys. It was great getting a glimpse of how a band at that level operates, and eating all their catering.
Have you ever pet or ran over a kangaroo?
I have pet many the Kangaroo. Never ran over one though.
What was the experience like to perform in Russia?
Russia was mind blowing, we played some of our funnest shows there which was very surprising.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Probably Queen, because they shred.
Any final words of wisdom?
Fanx for reading.
Dream On Dreamer is:
Marcel Gadacz – Vocals
Callan Orr – Guitar
Zachary Britt – Guitar
Daniel Jungwirth – Keys
Aaron Fiocca – Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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