Kimi Recor – vocals, guitars Christopher Vick – guitars
Thorson – bass, synth Nathaniel Meek – drums
Like all great bands, DRÆMINGS began as an outlet for heartbreak – the opening track of their debut EP, Nevada, repeatedly pleads “oh stay with me / please stay with me” – and has spent the last several years evolving from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sometimes-producer Kimi Recor’s alter ego into a tightly knit band of four with a complete disregard for genre definitions and a penchant for elaborate set design and dramatic performances.
Recor started DRÆMINGS as a solo project in 2012 and wrote, recorded, and produced the five-song Nevada EP over the span of a weekend. It was the first time she had ever released music on her own, rather than as part of a band (of which she had been a member of many). Not long after posting the lo-fi dream pop collection on Soundcloud and playing a few shows around Los Angeles’ east side, Sumerian Records approached her with a label deal. The relationship started off with excitement on both ends as DRÆMINGS was going to be the label’s first foray outside of the hard rock and metal world and into the radio-friendly alternative space. Despite this honeymoon phase, a subsequent national tour with Night Riots, and a couple single releases, the arrangement began to make Recor feel caged. It took over two years after its completion for DRÆMINGS’ sole Sumerian release, the full-length The Eternal Lonesome, to see the light of day. Recor celebrated the birth of the record with a sold out show at The Echo in Echo Park in August of 2017 and a full west coast tour (including an opening slot for Juliette Lewis), and set her sights on changing the DRÆMINGS story.
Their 2017 self-titled EP was akin to a rebirth for DRÆMINGS. Its new evolution brought Recor back to her band-oriented roots, cementing DRÆMINGS as a four piece comprised of herself (vocals/guitar), Christopher Vick (guitar), Thorson (bass/synth), and Nathaniel Meek (drums). The band returned to being independent for the release of the EP and wrote DRÆMINGS as a collective, self-titling the EP to make that point clear to listeners. This format has flowed through the following singles, “Loveless,” “Stay Up All Night (Dancing to the Knife),” and “Siamese Flame.”
Outside of their recordings, DRÆMINGS are infamous in Los Angeles for their electrifying performances and intricate set designs. During an oversold month-long residency at The Echo, the band transformed the venue into their own magical world each week. They carry this mentality to all of their live performances which are a mix of the band’s own charisma, costumes, stage make up, and set design. Anything to take their audience away from the world for an evening.
The band will have a string of new singles releasing throughout 2018 and have plans to write and record a new EP this fall for release in 2019 alongside select tour dates.
Kimi Recor – vocals, guitars
Christopher Vick – guitars
Thorson – bass, synth
Nathaniel Meek – drums
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