Dream Horse Spirit
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Dream Horse Spirit

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"Feel the Dream Horse's Spirit"

The name Dream Horse Spirit brings out a few connotations. One inclination is to assume that the members are three skinny dudes playing keytars.

Sadly, this is not the case, although Nyssa Brown, Trevor Brown, Filip Cieplak and Keith Daser have made Dream Horse into quite an alternative post-dance machine. In the 10 months or so they've been together, they've played their share of house shows and venues. Trevor Brown claims that his initiative to start Dream Horse was for these rowdy, close-quartered performances.

"[They're] disgustingly loud and fun," Trevor Brown starts.

The four all agree they started Dream Horse for the fun times and dancing, also agreeing that their newest songs best capture the band's sound.

"I have fallen into the arms of Marquis," says Nyssa Brown. "[It] was made in the last trimester of the Dream Horse pregnancy . . . to say that the sound has changed over time is a considerable understatement. We grew into a full infant from just a mere seed."

"The sound has become more mature, more complex and interesting," Cieplak agrees.

Their roots and influences span from the eccentric to the eclectic and, of course, the different local musicians the members grew up with. For Trevor Brown and Daser, their local scene was Kelowna, with touring artists from the surrounding areas.

"[Kelowna] is a major breeding ground for Vancouver and Victoria," Trevor Brown says proudly. "My first shows were Ladyhawk . . . and Bend Sinister, back when they were instrumental, playing in a living room [or] in basements."

For Cieplak and Nyssa Brown, their influences come from a wide variety of sources.

"It's all over the place here. I see a cute old lady, and that makes me want to sing about her," Nyssa Brown exclaims. "I am Calgarian-born and raised, with teen-filled cafes and hilarious all-ages shows."

As for where they see themselves in the Calgary scene, the band is quite modest.

"Frankly, close friends, I feel, are our only true fans at the given time," says Cieplak. "To everyone else, I guess we are just dust in the wind."

Trevor is a little more optimistic about the band's place in people's memories.

"I think they will miss the whole experience. [Dream Horse is] a kind of nostalgic thought of how fun that summer was."

When asked what DHS memory shined brightest, it was a toss-up between playing Broken City and the numerous house shows last summer. Cieplak insists that Broken City takes the cake, explaining that,"The experience was surreal."

However, Nyssa Brown and Trevor agree on the house show atmosphere being foremost in their minds.

"So many people in such a tight area dancing so hard, windmilling beers and party howling," says Trevor Brown fondly, remembering the experience.

"Looking up to see sweaty, happy, dancing youth -- that is so fucking gratifying," concurs Nyssa Brown.

As for their worst memory, playing Vern's Tavern was the unanimous choice.

"Every time . . . you think we would have learned the first time," Daser laments.

Cieplak nods, noting that they weren't shamed by being fooled twice.

"I'm surprised we came back for a third."

Although some of the members are advertising the show on Friday as the last DHS show, it's still unclear if that's true.

"Under the moniker of Dream Horse Spirit, yes this will likely be our last show," says Trevor Brown. "Will we still collaborate and play in bands together? Always."

While Cieplak refuses to comment, Nyssa Brown and Daser have higher hopes than that.

"Dreamy, spirity horses are immortal," she sighs. "I think everyone knows that -- it's science."

"The Horse will never die," agrees Daser.

- University of Calgary Gauntlet

"Choice Cuts :: 2009 Local Releases (Calgary)"

Dream Horse Spirit

Calgary’s Dream Horse Spirit is the new breed of frolicking, giggling sparkle pony to emerge from the buck wild herd that grazes on the verdant herbage that carpets the side of Black Mountain like shag carpeting. Full-fledged and ready to strut their stuff around the ring on their new EP, guitarist/vocalist Keith Daser, guitarist/bassist Trevor Brown, keyboardist/vocalist/bassist Nyssa Brown and drummer Fil Cieplak bring the electronic noise with fervour and flare. Whether they’re prancing through “Rich Girls” or galloping over “Gregory House” they muster an agitated New Wave eminence akin to that of Brazil’s Cansei de Ser Sexy but with a distinctly Calgarian Hot Little Rocket motif.
Christine Leonard
- Beatroute Magazine


EP : STF (August 09')
Single: Midnight Station - Played on Calgary's University Station CJSW and last.fm



In March of 2009, art school kids and Kelowna boys were melted together and formed Dream Horse Spirit. They laughed, they made dinners, but mostly they started earning a position in the Calgary music scene. Playing for Beatroute's fifth anniversary party by August, and earning a spot on their Choice Cuts of 2009 list for their EP 'STF', Dream Horse Spirit realized that they could exceed playing rowdy house shows. By the end of 2009, they had earned shows at smart music venues including Broken City, the Palomino and the Marquee Room, with on-tour bands like Yukon Blonde and We Are The City.
Influenced by Ladyhawk, and motivated by shimmying shoulders, Dream Horse Spirit have the guts and tempo to keep people from going home before midnight.