Biography

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.

Music

Releases

'Eclipsing'

Eclipsing

"A consistently gorgeous, delicate and shimmering album of nuanced songs" - PopMatters

'The Rose Explodes'

The Rose Explodes

"A cosmic, tender take on the dark, vibed-out psychadelia of the band's debut years ago" – SPIN

'Hazy Shade of Winter'

Hazy Shade of Winter
(Single)

"Gorgeous take on the 1968 (Simon and Garfunkel) classic" - Surviving the Golden Age

Upcoming Live Performances

WED September 23

Durham NC @ Pinhook (w/Charles Latham) $7 @ Door

THU September 24

Washington DC @ Black Cat (w/Strawberry Runners)

FRI September 25

Lancaster PA @ Modern Art (w/ J Mundok)

SAT September 26

Brooklyn NY @ Living Room (w/ A Place Both Wonderful and Strange)

SUN September 27

Jersey City, NJ @ WFMU (Taping)

MON September 28

Rock Island IL @ Rozz Tox

TUE September 29

Rock Island IL @ Daytrotter + Private Party

WED September 30

Spring Green WI @ Shitty Barn (w/ Aero Flynn)

FRI October 2

Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn (w/ Jock Gang and Grand Vapids)

SAT October 3

Athens GA @ Hendershot's (w/Honeychild)

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