Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive advance stream of Redeemer, the debut EP from European shoegaze/dream pop act DREAMWHEEL, preceding the record’s official unveiling through Nefarious Industries this Friday.
A floating tapestry of dripping arpeggios, soaring choruses, and driving rhythms come together in DREAMWHEEL, a new rock duo composed of longtime musical acquaintances, eclectic solo artist Julia Gaeta and Evan Linger (Skeletonwitch, Cultist). During the chaotic introspection of the pandemic, the pair bonded over their American roots and mutual love of big ‘80s choruses, murky shoegaze, and indie rock.
DREAMWHEEL quickly unleashed a stream of sound fit for the times: Gaeta’s whimsical yet ever-present vocals swirl amidst Linger’s urgent guitars, resulting in a singular blend that draws from the ethereal loneliness of shoegaze, the romantic hooks of new wave and the cathartic attack of post-punk.
Although both Linger and Gaeta cut their teeth in the metal and punk scenes, DREAMWHEEL showcases their lighter touch – but one that’s no less potent. The duo has so far released two demo tracks on cassette, “Wild Days” and “Chain Of Fear,” which gathered attention from Decibel, Post-Punk, and fans of bands like DIIV, The Chameleons, and Siouxsie And The Banshees.
DREAMWHEEL’s Redeemer explores such themes as personal nostalgia, melancholy, buried memories, and the paradoxes of religious upbringing. With Julia Gaeta performing all vocals, and the guitars, bass, piano, and synth performed by Evan Linger, the duo is joined by guests James Stewart who provides drums and Tom Zwanzger who provides additional percussion and sounds.
Redeemer was tracked by Torben Utecht in Berlin, Germany and Tom Zwanzger at Stress Studios in Graz, Austria, the latter also handling mixing duties, and the mastering was handled by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios in Porto, Portugal. The EP’s art was handled by Nyle Rosenbaum featuring model Anahita Saifollahi, photography by Emma Matsuda, and layout/design by Joe Spagnuolo.
Julia Gaeta states, “What started as a back-and-forth across many miles during the pandemic lockdowns has evolved into this moment, and we’re excited to share it as we gear up for 2024 and playing our first live shows. Redeemer is about being your own savior when things get rough. It’s about casting aside the ideological temptations we’re fed, breaking through the chains. We wanted to put a new sound to this tale as old as time. But more importantly, we’re two friends making the music we want to make, and that’s what makes this EP special to us. Hope you enjoy the listen.”
Metal Injection calls Redeemer a, “dreamy, occasionally crunchy new record,” expanding, “It’s the kind of record you should put on with headphones at 2:30 in the morning and watch absolutely nothing happen outside.”
Stream DREAMWHEEL’s Redeemer early exclusively at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.
Redeemer will be released on limited edition 12″ Black Vinyl cut at 45RPM and all digital providers this Friday, November 10th. Find preorders/presaves and merch at Nefarious Industries where the “Redeemer” video is playing HERE.
Watch for further updates on DREAMWHEEL to post over the months ahead as the band continues to work on their debut full-length, live performances, and more.