Akron band The Dreemers could be classified as a number of different genres, from surf rock and soul to blues and doo-wop, but there’s one consistent thread among their catchy and energetic tunes: they represent a distinctly Akron sound and DIY aesthetic that runs through this city’s veins.
The trio will celebrate the release of its debut album “Beach Mode,” Saturday, Oct. 6, at Musica. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the $10 admission also pays for a “Beach Mode” CD. Once released, the full-length album will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl.
Staying true to the band’s DIY spirit, “Beach Mode” was produced by the newly formed Akron Recording Company, using analog recording equipment with digital mixing. The record company was founded by the Dreemers, along with Nate Bucher from the See Creatures.
While analog equipment creates limitations, it also captures a warmth that can’t easily be replicated with computer software, and these limitations can lead to better developed music, according to band members. “Analog has nice limitations,” says bassist Robert Keith. “With the digital stuff you can have 27 tracks in about five minutes, but with analog it takes about two weeks to fill up eight tracks for three or four songs. There’s a time element where the song can develop slowly over time, which is nice.”
While singer Benjamin Patrick admits the band was formed more for fun than anything else, The Dreemers have quickly made a mark on the local music scene, serving as headliners for the 2016 Highland Square Porch Rokr festival and sold out shows in Cleveland, among other performances.
The band also has become a prominent part of the local art scene, which is fitting, because the band members are artists, themselves. Drummer Natalie Grieshammer is a visual artist who works in textiles and is the development and programming manager for Akron Soul Train, a new program that is building a residential artist village that offers paid fellowships.
Keith has been involved in local theatre and music and Patrick has a background in sculpting and music.
And the varying styles found within the album also stay true to a rock and roll aesthetic, says Keith. “People have forgotten that rock and roll isn’t exactly a style of music, but a lot of styles of music colliding and a lot of different background and lifestyles and cultures colliding. I think that’s something we try to honor.”