Elijah Beaty (The Grin) and Peter Hansen, who hail from Orange County California, comprise the new post-punk project Daydreams. They make their debut with the Silent Hill-inspired quote “Dead People Don’t Cry”: a lush, Cure-like track – with some delicious nods to The Style Council and Gene Loves Jezebel for good measure. Fuzzy jangling guitars and a dizzying bassline anchor the song as it journeys into an expansive soundscape. Daydreams’ lo-fi, DIY approach makes it difficult to pinpoint when the song was written – its deep roots in the past meld with present-day topicality.
“With the direction of our other band The Grin gearing more towards experimental post-punk, we wanted to still have a project to make our original sound without interfering with the evolving sound of our other band,” they say. Taking a quote from the Silent Hill Franchise “Dead People Don’t Cry,” is the song we chose to release first.
The accompanying video, a narrative nightwalk with the vibe of a forgotten VHS tape from the bottom shelf at the rental shop, was self-directed. Unlike the usual approach of throwing together a montage of scenes, Daydreams goes for a more cinematic, pensive approach. The protagonist is a guy who needs some time alone to himself to sort out the big mysteries of life with a smoke and a stroll, and the video gives him that space. It has the authentic flavour of those early 80s videos when the medium was finding its first steps.
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