The Rose Explodes is the lush and percussive sophomore release from Athens, GA’s psychedelic collective Dream Boat. The band began as a collaboration between Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, two artists/musicians born on the same Aquarian day. Together, they bridge several generations of Athens’ psychedelic collectives and musical freak families. Page has performed in Hope for Agoldensummer, among other projects, for over a decade. Dan, a longtime Elephant 6 collaborator, has penned lyrics for Bear in Heaven, Of Montreal and Elf Power.
With engineer/musician Suny Lyons, Page and Dan weave the sounds of many amazing players, such as Scott Spillane (Neutral Milk Hotel), John Fernandes (Olivia Tremor Control), Andrew Rieger (Elf Power), Claire Campbell (Hope for Agoldensummer), James Husband (Of Montreal), and Kris Deason (Dark Meat).
Dream Boat’s 2012 debut album Eclipsing was a Fader favorite. PopMatters wrote “Eclipsing doesn’t have a poor moment on it and deserves a place on any Best of 2012 list.” The album garnered praise for its expansive mixes, range of instrumentation, and crystalline vocal harmonies.
On their new album, Dream Boat continues their exploration of these heavenly soundscapes, wrapping them around a new, more vibrant intensity. The Rose Explodes blends layered vocals with synths, strings, marimba, moving together over driving, energetic percussion. With intimate, cosmic imagery, themes of sexuality, love, loss and being lost, move throughout the record.
Also visual artists, Page and Dan have both designed art for their own bands as well as others. Dan’s artwork, video, and visuals have been used by MGMT, Belle and Sebastian, REM, and Pavement. The cover design of Dan’s art book Ultraviolet, a history and collection of black light posters, was recently used by Wayne Coyne for the upcoming Electric Wurms album cover.
With visual art always in mind, Dream Boat’s live shows include color-saturated psychedelic projections which reflect the cosmic, transcendent and emotive qualities of this music.