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Hello, Farewell Dreamer: Screamo is Over, You Can All Go Home Now

Call me old-fashioned, but I like to listen to music that doesn’t sound like animals dying.

Please ignore theswooping bangs that cover my face, checkerboard Vans, Senses Fail band tees, Vanna ticket stubs, and other eighth grade artifacts and/or repressed memories. By the time I hit high school, I knew I was going to be making many poor life decisions. Listening to scream and hyper emotional pop-punk wasn’t going to be one of them.

Apparently I can’t keep self-promises: I’ve been listening to post-hardcore locals, Farewell Dreamer.

In my defense, my immediate interest in the band had to do with the drummer, Chris Donis. Donis and I went to high school together and he happens to be one of the funniest people I have ever met. If you don’t believe me, just consider how funny it is for a musician to think he’ll earn a living.

While Farewell Dreamer formed in spring 2010, its best track came in 2011 playing music with “Open Your Eyes”. I could do with out the cookie monster screams. Nevertheless, the band still maintains some melody and my mom won’t flip her shit if I play this in her car. “Open Your Eyes” calls to mind a thrashier Circa Survive. As a 21 year old girl with a Tumblr account, I appreciate the Anthony Green vocal vibes.

I decided to give Farewell Dreamer’s 2011 EP, Instinct, a listen. Unfortunately, this EP proves to be much harder than “Open Your Eyes” and I am tempted to raise the question: y u so mad bro? (Of course, I willingly paid for and went to a Hawthorne Heights concert before so who am I too judge?) “Bird Game” is still a good listen. The introduction on that song is so catchy I could probably listen to it by itself on repeat. Also, this song bears more of a Black Sabbath influence than Beneath the Sky or some other screamocore shit.

The breakdown onĀ  the final track, “Your Ship Has Sailed”, also stands out.

The final verdict: If I want to listen to a white boy scream, I’ll break my younger brother’s XBox system. Still, I wish I could borrow my old ears because Farewell Dreamer can still write catchy and even slightly, advanced songs in a scene that most of us probably regret ever being in. Farewell Dreamer can be your quick nostalgic fix that doesn’t make you completely regret shopping at Hot Topic.

Besides, I’ll need proper music to pre-game the Fall Out Boy show that I’m going to in May.

For more information, check out Farewell Dreamer’s Facebook page.

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4 Responses to Hello, Farewell Dreamer: Screamo is Over, You Can All Go Home Now

  1. Matthew Lupulio

    March 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    oh, how i’ve missed you, mullet-core…

  2. christopherluke

    March 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    what… wait i dont get it do you actually like this or not? did you just compare some weirdos in tight jeans to black sabbath (to be honest other weirdos in tight jeans but one of the best bands ever)?

    is this what people consider to be aggressive music? jesus christ i might as well smash my cro-mags record in half.

    • Nicole Anzuoni

      March 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Sorry man, don’t smash your vinyl. When I said aggressive, I mean it in a general sense. Considering the Cro-Mags name drop, I understand you know your hardcore. This is a college blog, however, and therefore I assume a collegiate listener (who might be more invested in Mumford and Sons, Matt and Kim, hopefully not Taylor Swift, and whatever else is popular) instead of an avid, well-versed music listener. With that being said, I would consider this music to be a bit more aggressive than most people typically hear. (Because in my experience, at least with the radio, if I want to anything remotely heavier, I have to tune into MIT’s station.) I didn’t say the band sounded like Black Sabbath. I suggested Black Sabbath could be an influence, however, I get how it sort of implies the same thing. (Putting them in the same category as Black Sabbath is definitely unfair. But in my opinion, it is still unfair to group them with the slums of bands like Beneath the Sky and As Blood Runs Black.) Thanks for the feedback though!

      • christopherluke

        March 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        fair enough makes sense now was a little confused reading this, thanks!