Stepping into the Spotlight with Mr. Dream

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Brooklyn’s Mr. Dream. You can catch the band in Boston when they open for Mister Heavenly at the Remis Auditorium (Museum of Fine Arts) on Saturday, November 19.

Band Name: Mr. Dream

Band Members:
Adam Moerder: Guitar, Vocals
Matt Morello: Bass, Vocals
Nick Sylvester: Drums

Trash Hit (2011)


How did you form/start?

We met at a Jay Reatard concert in 2008. All of us were taken with this idea of writing short, fast, catchy punk songs. None of us knew how to play our instruments very well.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

…big dumb rock songs performed by semi-competent musicians.

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

“Scarred For Life” is a good place to start. We like the song because it has a good balance of prettiness and ugliness.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

We tend to shit things out. Meaning, we all independently come up with hundreds and hundreds of riffs or melody fragments or drum beats with the hope that one of them will stick in rehearsal. Nobody gets too precious about one idea or another.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

Trash Hit is our debut LP. It’s definitely a rock album. The range of songs – noisy but catchy, no one song sounds too much like another – tend to remind people of early Pixies albums.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

Right now we’re on tour with Mister Heavenly, which is a supergroup of Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Nick Thorburn (Islands) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). We really love these guys and this tour has definitely been the most memorable moment, in the loosest sense of the word “moment”.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

It costs a lot of money to pay for good reviews. You wouldn’t believe how much money we’ve had to fork over to music critics for four stars here, a extra decimal point there.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

Yvette. Fort Lean. Sleepies. The Men.

What band would you most like to open for?

White Zombie.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

I feel like this is a trick question. I pretty much have to say Dropkick Murphys or we get our asses kicked, right?

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

We played Paradise with Sleigh Bells in May. It was a fun night. People are excited to give things a chance around here. Adam and I lived in Cambridge for four years and both of us have super fond memories of seeing awesome shows at T.T.’s and the Middle East, along with a handful of weird noise shows that our friend Zach Baron used to put on. I saw an outrageous Les Savy Fav show at the Roxy almost nine years ago, and vaguely recall Tim Harrington climbing a 20-foot stack of loudspeakers.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

People can expect 25 minutes of live rock music and 5 to 10 minutes of hastily prepared Boston sports-related banter.

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