The Dream is Dead (band)

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Name = The Dream is Dead

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Origin = Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
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Genre = Hardcore punk
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Years_active = 2000–present
Label = Relapse Records
Escape Artist Records
Happy Couples Never Last
Melting Wing
What Else? Records
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The Dream is Dead (2000-present) is a hardcore punk band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their music contains many American political anti-authoritarian themes.

Band history

The concept behind The Dream Is Dead began in 2000 when Clark Giles (founder of Happy Couples Never Last Records) and long-time friend Jason McCash (bass player for the seminal Circle City hardcore band Burn It Down kicked around the idea of doing a project band dedicated to putting the threat and politics back into hardcore. A feeling of youthful rebellion and resistance to the status quo initially drew them to hardcore punk in their teenage years, and it was the integrity of the music that sustained their love for the genre.

Initial attempts to get the band off the ground failed but the breakup of Burn It Down left McCash without a band and revitalized The Dream Is Dead's prospects. Jared Southwick (from Indiana death metal band Harakiri) was recruited for guitar duties, eventually parting from his former band to devote his time fully to The Dream is Dead. Alex Bond, fresh from the breakup of his screamo band The Sutek Conspiracy, completed the lineup on drums in September 2001.

Alex Bond left the band late in the Spring of 2002 and was replaced by local skinsman Dustin Boltjes. By August, Boltjes was acclimated, and the band resumed a heavy regimen of touring.

The toll of being on the road and family responsibilities led founding member McCash to bow out in the fall of 2003. Beaten but not broken, the band resurfaced in early 2004 with former Ice Nine guitarist Dave Lawson on bass.

The bulk of 2004 was spent writing the band's first full length, once again for Escape Artist. A short tour with fellow hoosiers Phoenix Bodies in late 2004 allowed them to polish the new material. In the meantime, in-demand Los Angeles producer and current Theory of Ruin guitarist Alex Newport (formerly of Fudge Tunnel and Nailbomb) was recruited to handle recording and production duties for the full-length. Having recorded several current indie staples for the likes of the Melvins, the Locust, Mars Volta, and others, the band and the label felt he was the man for the job.

A short tour brought The Dream Is Dead to the west coast in March 2005, where they recorded their full-length debut, "Hail The New Pawn". In June 2007, the band announced it would be releasing a split 7" on Relapse Records with The Gates of Slumber in anticipation of their second full-length.


*Clark Giles - vocals
*Jared Southwick - guitar
*Dustin Boltjes - drums
*Dave Lawson - bass

Former members

*Jason McCash - guitar (formerly of Burn It Down, currently The Gates of Slumber)
*Alex Bond - drums (now in Illithid)


*"Letter of Resignation" EP (2001, What Else? Records)
*"Taking Friendly Fire" EP (2002, Escape Artist Records)
*"Revolution Summer" split 7" with Find Him and Kill Him (2002, Happy Couples Never Last)
*"Split 7" w/Phoenix Bodies" (2004, Melting Wing Records)
*"Hail the New Pawn" (2005, Escape Artist Records)- pressed on cd and limited edition blood-splattered clear vinyl.
*"Diversity is Perversity" split 7" with The Gates of Slumber (2007, Relapse Records)
*Second full-length scheduled for 2008


*"Decade of Destruction" DVD (2004, XYZ Entertainment)- skate video with Unsane, Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Slayer, etc.
*"Pinnernation" DVD (2007, XYZ Entertainment)

Related bands

*Burn It Down
*The Gates of Slumber
*the drago miette
*King Deuce
*Decidedly Masculine

External links

* [ Official Myspace]
* [ Escape Artist Records]

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