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"Dreamdate "Come Over Now""

Dreamdate get right to their business of brightening our day with their short, snappy tunes. The overall sound of Dreamdate can readily be spoken of in the same breath as early '90s crushworthy indie pop a la Lois, cub and Tiger Trap. As the unaffected and uneffected electric guitars strum away happily and the drums keep things simple with an uncluttered beat, you might find yourself hummin' along with these gals' warm, smooth female vocals. Nice. - Aquaries Records

"Long Distance Walk"

Although their tunes are reminiscent of, say, the riot grrl and Seattle/Portland-based garage movements, they still could only exist in present times...Their songs are, for the most part, up-tempo odes to not-so-simple pleasures and guilt and sometimes feel emotionally ambivalent…This is truly the kind of music you'd want on a Walkman when traversing long distances in the suburbs. - California Aggie

"High School Crush"

Admit it. In high school, you got weak in the knees over the breathlessly cute girl next door who listened to Modern English and adored the Beatles. On summer nights, you sat longingly beneath her bedroom window quietly listening to her rock the guitar and sing about boys-- wondering if one day that might be you. The following summer, another impossibly cute girl moves in across the street and she just happens to play the bass. You're a pimply dork with no game, so you spy on them drinking beer, laughing, ignoring the rest of the world, and quickly becoming best friends. Five years later, you're done with college; you've moved to the big city. One night, you're about to leave the local shitty bar when you're suckerpunched by two achingly familiar voices above the din. They're onstage drinking beer, laughing, and ignoring the rest of the world as they gaze and smile at each other in between songs with vocal harmonies sweet enough to kill the Easter Bunny. suddenly your knees buckle all over again-- Oh my God. It's them... its fuckin' Dreamdate. - Pepito Pea


The One I Need b/w Dance Party - 7" pink vinyl (2006 - Self Released)
Come Over Now - Full Length Album (2007- Chocolate Covered Records)
Patience - Full Length Album (2009 - Skywriting Records)



At a recent performance at CMJ, former San Franciscans Mates of State performed a cover of “Why Don’t You Make Me,” a great song by Oakland’s Dreamdate. The endorsement by the popular group is a testament to Dreamdate’s indie pop skills, and like the Mates, the duo of Yea-Ming and Anna win fans with some extraordinarily catchy and personal songs featuring sweet pop melodies as well as more explosive rock-out moments. But while the cover features the Mates’ signature vocal harmonies and some bombastic pop, I found myself drawn back to the original version which is signature Dreamdate: minimal, catchy, awesome.

Formerly a trio with ex-member Emily now residing in Seattle, the twosome met at UC Berkeley as music majors who write songs that don’t sound like the work of music majors. Their songs do, however, seize on Yea-Ming and Anna’s shared love of vocal harmonies to develop a unique and thoroughly engaging melodic sensibility. After a number of shows around the Bay Area and a previous 7”, the band released their excellent debut full length album titled Come Over Now earlier this year on local label Chocolate Covered Records.

Somehow, this band has managed to draw the best of out of number of different genres, mining the sincerity of singer-songwriter lyricism, the fun stripped-down sensibility of garage rock, and the catchy hummamble melodies of indie-pop to create something that feels like a fresh update on retro pop.

That analysis notwithstanding, it all manages to come off sounding effortless, but the balance of sounds is key to making it work so well. There’s something about the raw garagey feel, for example, that allows Yea-Ming and Anna to sing songs about uncomfortable moments in real-life relationships without ever getting too twee. It’s a trait that reminds me of Beat Happening and progeny and while Come Over Now certainly wouldn’t sound out of place on K Records, I think there might be too much fun in this band’s sound for them to fit perfectly in with the Pacific Northwest crew.

-The Bay Bridged