THERE is currently a group of earnest young musicians doing the rounds of Hobart's beery backrooms with giddying melodies and a recognition of enduring criticism that set(s) them apart from their peers. They strive for a sound as perfect as it is profound and have the talent to suggest their ambition may be fufilled.
The Dream Weavers (for it is they) are Tor Fredheim (vocal/lead guitar) Sven Fredheim (harmony vocal/guitar) Tasha Gergel (drum(s)) and Brendon Bacon (bass) and have existed in this line up for neigh on a year.
I was initially seduced by the gently cascading and aptly titled "Towering and Falling" from an all too brief demo tape passing around a select group of announcers at 92FM. "More!" I pleaded but more was not forthcoming so I invited Tor to answer - why?
" We only did two songs because they were the ones we wanted to do the most and also there were financial restrictions. It was the first time we'd been in a studio so we used it as an opportunity to experiment really. "
Who have you sent the demo to?
" No one ..... except 92FM. "
No record companies? Surely you'd be snapped up.
" Yea, well one would hope so. "
What has your live reception been like?
" Alot of people seem to have a problem with us because we are not a thrash band. We play the music we like, we enjoy playing it and we hope that the crowd enjoys listening to it. Sometimes, depending on where and when we're playing, the audience might not exactly be clued in to what we are trying to do but we've been getting fairly decent crowds. "
A few weeks later I would run into Brendon at The Doghouse, he summed up the DW's live dilemma simply and succinctly.
" It's a problem having four humble people on stage "he said when I queried their lack of overt rockis abandon. Both answers are symtomatic : the dirth of local talent - thrash is in (eight years after the joke ceased to be funny) and humility is out.
During the interview Tor never sits back, he is concerned not to misrepresent the group. The various members have hailed from diverse musical backgrounds, their previous groups (better left unnamed) have varied from attrocious to divertingly competent, so waht it is about this line up that makes for such an improvement.
What are the main influences on this band?
" I can only speak for myself. My influences come from the mid-sixties particularly the Byrds; that style of guitar playing and harmonies. The other members have their own favourite bands and styles. "
With the covers in your set do you worry about sounding too 60's?
" We cover some Byrds stuff, my personal preference and the odd obscuritys we've dug up. They're done with a 65' feel and ....um.... "
"an '89 delivery" I interject.
" .....Yea (laughs) that's about right. We are also writing alot of original stuff which is different again. Towering and Falling is something different. "
The Dream Weavers are bound to run into accusations of nostalgia. Locals may have their heads buried in the NME, but ask them about the genius of Arthur Lee or the Velvet Underground and the most likely reaction is "Who?". Nostalgia leads to the victory of imitation over inspiration, regurgitation over interpretation. The DW's on the other hand, have absorbed the best of the music from the last 30 years and moulded it into something uniquely theirs. They have the ability to recognise greatness in others and have begun to apply the same exacting standards to their own work.
If there is one thing the band lacks its an appreciation of their own worth; in a state condemned to a procession of tenth rate thrash bands and balding music shop proprietors playing "rock star". Their's may be considered a divine conception. "Towering and Falling" has been re-recorded fot the "Music for Forests" tape release. The band has secured a fortnightly residency on Tuesday nights at The Dog House and, as this article is being written, plans are afoot to make them regulars at Hadleys. Local talent, it seems, is finally being recognised.
As Tor leaves I comment that Tassie needs more groups influenced by the classics (Byrds, Beatles, Velvets, Love) and less by quickly forgotten thrash bands and paisley clad copyists.
" That's for sure. "
He is aware that the local bands have always been disciples and never the messiah. The Dream Weavers are trying to change all that but the shackles hold tight.
Simon Roberts .
PRESS PRESS : Summer 1990
reprinted without permission because PRESS PRESS seems to have vanished without a trace.