Dredg is an American rock n roll group formed in 1993 in Los Gatos, California. The band consists of vocalist Gavin Hayes, guitarist Mark Engles, bassist Drew Roulette and drummer Dino Campanella. Not unlike other rock n roll groups, sometimes the members display self-created paintings in concert and on album sleeves.
The band established themselves in the indie scene with their 1998 release of the concept album Leitmotif, landing them a deal with Interscope Records. Dredg released El Cielo in 2002, Catch Without Arms in 2005, and The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion in 2009.
The band played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California on April 26, 2008 during their tour to introduce the new tracks to their fans, with the exception of a few past hits and some tracks already performed such as « Long Days and Vague Clues ». After Coachella, Dredg released demos for songs rumored to be on their upcoming album up to February 2009. They also added a song entitled « entire new album », which was a track consisting of every song played simultaneously.
Also on February 23, 2009, Dredg announced their exit from Interscope Records as well their new record’s title, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion. They confirmed joining with Independent Label Group (ILG, which is a part of Warner Music Group), and Ohlone Recordings. The album was released on June 9, 2009 with a Limited Edition release with alternate artwork made available to the public. Music videos have been made for « Information » and « I Don’t Know ».
The album was inspired by the essay « Imagine There Is No Heaven: A Letter to the Six Billionth Citizen ». The essay was written by British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, who found controversy in 1988 over one of his books gaining him a religious fatwa for Rushdie’s death from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini which ultimately resulted in United Kingdom and Iran breaking diplomatic ties to each other a year later. In consideration of the essay, the album has common themes in agnosticism and the questioning of beliefs and society.
Album and liner notes artwork resembled an Air Mail letter and was done by Rohner Segnitz of the band Division Day. Segue tracks on the album are called « Stamps of Origin », and unlike prior albums a few of these segue tracks contain lyrics. Hayes tells Broken Records Magazine in Volume 1 Issue 3, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall have been the most influential albums in my music.dredg had suggested on their Twitter account that they began recording their fifth album on June 23, 2010.
On August 17, 2010, Dredg announced via their official website that they have begun the process of recording a new album. Unlike the long gaps between their last two efforts, the band is expecting an early 2011 release. The announcement was posted in the news section and reads as follows: « Yesterday, we began working on our fifth record with musician/producer Dan the Automator. We will be writing and recording it in San Francisco for the next month and a half and are hoping for an early 2011 release. Stay tuned as there will be more updates and studio footage in the coming months. »
On February 18, 2011, Dredg announced via twitter that their fifth studio album, entitled « Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy » will be released on May 3, 2011 in the United States and April 29th everywhere else. Song titles so far include « Upon Returning », a title played while touring previously with Circa Survive.
The first single will be « The Thought of Losing You ». With the collaboration with Dan the Automator, he assisted in the writing of three songs: « The Tent », « Sun Goes Down », and « Before it Began ». Lead singer Gavin Hayes has also confirmed on facebook that previous songs « Where I’ll End Up », and « The Ornament », will all appear on the new album.
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