Dream On, Dreamer is an Australian five piece post-hardcore band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia formed in 2009.
The band released two EPs and two albums. The first EP Set Sail, Armada was released on 3 July 2009. Almost a year later Dream On, Dreamer published the second EP called Hope on Boomtown Records and Triple Vision Records. After signing contracts with Rise Records and UNFD the band released the debut album Heartbound in August 2011. It was charted in the Australian Albums Charts and got nominated for an ARIA Music Award for the best Rock/Metal album of the year. Their second album Loveless followed in 2013.
The band toured North America, Europe, Japan and Australia several times and played at the 2012s and 2014s Soundwave Festival. The band shared stage with bands like Pierce the Veil, Memphis May Fire, Deez Nuts, Avenged Sevenfold, Confide, A Day to Remember and Silverstein.
Formation and beginning (2009-2010):
Dream On, Dreamer was formed in Melbourne, Victoria in 2009 with vocalist Marcel Gadacz, lead guiarist Callan Orr, drummer Scott Mac, bassist and backing vocalist Michael McLeod, rhythm guitarist Luke Domic and keyboarder Daniel Jungwirth in the original line-up. After some line-up changes Marcel Gadacz, Michael McLeod, Luke Domic, Aaron Fiocca (drums), Callan Orr and Daniel Jungwirth started working on their debut EP which is called Set Sail, Armada. The EP was released on 3 July 2009.
Their second EP, Hope, was released almost a year later via Boomtown Records. The band supported Pierce the Veil between 9-19 September 2010 in Australia and New Zealand. Before forming Dream On, Dreamer the musicians were members of several bands such as Francis Dolarhyde, State of East London, Electrik Dynamite, Goodbye Armandale and The Dream the Chase.
After signing a record deal with Rise Records and UNFD the band released their debut album Heartbound on 21 August 2011 which was produced by Cameron Mizell who worked for acts like This Romantic Tragedy, Sleeping with Sirens and A Skylit Drive. It peaked on #38 at the Australian Albums Charts and got nominated at the ARIA Music Awards for the Best Rock/Metal Albums of 2011.
In July 2011, the band was invited to be part of the Welcome to the Family Tour by Avenged Sevenfold which performed throughout Australia. Dream On, Dreamer replaced Sevendust which cancelled several weeks before the tour start. In October 2011 the band toured together with We Came as Romans and The Devil Wears Prada on the Dead Throne Australia Tour. In New Zealand the bands toured together with Saving Grace. Before that tour the band shared stage with Memphis May Fire and The Color Morale which led throughout Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.
In January and February 2012, Dream On, Dreamer toured throughout the United States as support for Attack Attack!, Sleeping with Sirens, The Ghost Inside and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!. In February and March the band toured Soundwave Festival for the first time. The band played two side-shows with Underoath during the festival. In August and September 2012 the band toured their Homebound Tour with In Hearts Wake, For the Fallen Dreams and Hand of Mercy as support acts. The debut album was re-released as a Tour Edition including some bonus songs and a documentary DVD. In November Michael McLeod left the band due to his girlfriends pregnancy. Daniel Jungwirth replaced him as bassist and so the six-piece band became a quintet. In November and December 2012, Dream On, Dreamer were part of the Mayhem Tour. The band shared stage with In Fear and Faith, Make Them Suffer and Saviour.
At the beginning of 2013, rhythm guitarist Luke Domic decided to leave Dream On, Dreamer and was replaced by Zachary Britt of The Dream, The Chase who also became the clean vocalist of the group. The band got dropped by Rise Records. In March and April 2013 Dream On, Dreamer played their second European Tour as support for Abandon All Ships, No Bragging Rights and For the Fallen Dreams. Their second album entitled Loveless was released worldwide on 28 June 2013 via UNFD. The album got peaked at #29 at the ARIA Albums Charts for one week. Between 12-18 July 2013 the band supported A Day to Remember and The Devil Wears Prada in Australia. In September the band played in Japan for the first time. The band had to play some of their gigs without their original drummer Aaron Fiocca, due to him being diagnosed with cancer.
In the end of October 2013 the band toured Australia on their Loveless Tour with support of A Skylit Drive, No Bragging Rights and Hellions. The band was support alongside Palisades for Silverstein during their Europe tour in the End of 2013.
New album (2014-present):
In the middle of January 2014, the band stated working on new songs for their third record which is not revealed for release yet. In February and March 2014 the band were part for the Soundwave Festival. In April 2014 the band stated the split-up with Daniel Jungwirth. His replacement as bassist was Chris Shaw, former guitarist of House vs. Hurricane.
Between 4-15 June 2014 the band toured Australia alongside Being as an Ocean as support band for In Hearts Wake during their Earthwalker Tour.
On 8 August 2014 their first single, Darkness Brought Me Here was released.
Dream On, Dreamer play a classic version of Post-hardcore with a blend of electronic music which can be heard on their debut album Heartbound so the band could also be described as an electronicore band. According to German online magazine Allschools Network their musical style is similar to Attack Attack!. The British Rock Sound describes their music as being very similar to Metalcore.
On their second album Loveless the sound of Dream On, Dreamer is described as being more melodic than their previous records. One of the reasons explaining this change was that Daniel Jungwirth had changed instruments from keyboard to bass guitar, and electronic passages on the album were arranged with Backtracking. In comparison with their debut record, Dream On, Dreamer used less electronic samples on Loveless. The music on Loveless was primarily written by Callan Orr. The band has extensively worked together to create their new album.
The songs lyrics are all written by vocalist Marcel Gadacz and have a deeper meaning according to himself.
Marcel Gadacz (Francis Dolarhyde, State of East London) - lead vocals (2008 - present),
Callan Orr (Francis Dolarhyde) - lead guitar (2008 - present),
Aaron Fiocca (Electrik Dynamite) - drums (2009 - present),
Zachary Britt (The Dream, The Chase; Young Lions; BELIEVE OF) - rhythm guitar, clean vocals (2013 - present),
Chris Shaw (House Vs Hurricane) - bass (2014 - present),
Scott Mac - drums (2008-2009),
Michael "Mcoy" McLeod (Arpejio, Goodbye Armadale) - bass, clean vocals (2008-2013),
Luke Domic - rhythm guitar (2008-2013),
Daniel Jungwirth (Francis Dolarhyde) - keyboards, synthesizers, piano, samples (2008-2013), bass (2013-2014)