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  • DREAMWHEEL - Redeemer

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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.

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.”

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.

"When musicians with considerable metal chops decide to head in another direction, the results are usually interesting and often riveting. Case in point: the post-punk duo DREAMWHEEL, featuring Evan Linger (Skeletonwitch, Cultist) and Julia Gaeta (Madrigal, ex-Albez Duz, ex-Restless Ghosts). The pair got together during the pandemic and bonded over their American roots and love of big ‘80s choruses, shoegaze, and indie rock. Decibel premiered the earliest material and is excited to share the debut video for their new song, “Redeemer,” from their pending eponymous EP. The song is both sad and sugary sweet with a Cocteau Twins/Chameleons vibe. It won’t please the neckbeard crowd, but those with good taste will dig it." - Decibel Magazine

"...a warm number which brings together the band's signature shoegaze approach with traces of psychedelic pop, creating a mesmerizing outcome." - Destroy//Exist

"...a bewitching synthesis of gothic and post-punk influences that is underpinned by outstanding songwriting. No doubt many who hear it will be eagerly awaiting DREAMWHEEL’s debut full-length album." - Ghost Cult Magazine

"...dreamy, occasionally crunchy […] It's the kind of record you should put on with headphones at 2:30 in the morning and watch absolutely nothing happen outside." - Metal Injection

"...ethereal-wave/dream-pop vibes reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins […] Unlike latter day goth rock which quickly got mired in bats, crumpled velvet shirts and melodramatic claptrap, DREAMWHEEL instead utilise the best the genre had to offer with omnipresent darkness and a driving propulsive beat..." - The Sleeping Shaman

"A catharsis of post-punk, shoegaze, dream pop and Paisley Underground, DREAMWHEEL’s first EP brings new life into a genre, making this release a must for fans and newcomers alike." - mxdwn.com