02/20/2024

Regina’s teedream releases shoegazy-post punk “Sunday” to signal new debut EP

Brayden Dreger’s shoegaze meets experimental indie-rock project, teedream, was formed accidentally. The Regina musician’s collaboration partner suddenly dropped out the day they were scheduled to record vocals for their debut EP. Brayden suddenly had an EP’s worth of music but no vocalist.
The project was put on the back burner until Brayden found himself alone during the pandemic. During May of last year, he was faced with the end of a beautiful friendship with his partner and found himself reflecting on past mistakes and using them as cathartic fuel to complete the record. This was no easy feat as Brayden, primarily a guitarist, had to learn how to sing and take over vocal duties for teedream.
This resulted in his debut EP, Since Calgary, a sonically crushing piece of work that could be described as a whirlwind of aural emotion. Shoegaze, post-punk, indie rock, drone, the EP really has it all.
The record was produced by Chris Dimas (Surf Dads, Beach Body, Marissa Burwell), who also plays drums and additional guitars on the recording. Nolan Grad (who has previously played
with Anemone, Surf Dads) also contributes with some tasty and cunning bass lines.
The single “Sunday,” ends Since Calgary on a punitive but sensual note. Beginning with a light drum beat and delayed arpeggio, the sonic slowly morphs into a wall of sound as Brayden sings about the Sunday blues creeping up his skin again.
The lyricism is simple, but has odd one-liners like “Why is there chocolate in this bed, again.” It’s remotely unique to Brayden but sung in such a way that it’s relatable to anyone who has experienced heartbreak. And the outro, featuring an array of distorted guitars and a slowly ascending lead line, sends off “Sunday” perfectly. For someone who only learned how to sing in the last year, Brayden has already found his voice.
“Since Calgary is a collection of various moments from the last several years. The guitars, bass, and drums from my proudest, the lyrics and vocals from my darkest, and most
vulnerable,” Brayden says.
Regina concert-goers will be able to hear teedream play “Sunday” live on September 3 w/ Pop Pop Vernac and Black Thunder at the German Club

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