XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How Did I Find Myself Here?” by The Dream Syndicate

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Steve Wynn | The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The Dream Syndicate are back with their first new music in almost thirty tears and are still rocking as good as they ever have. On September 8th, the seminal indie rock rockers will release their fifth studio album, How Did I Find Myself Here? It’s the band’s first album since 1988’s Ghost Stories.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, the Dream Syndicate was founded by current members Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals) and Dennis Duck (drums), along with Karl Precoda (guitar) and Kendra Smith (bass). The band rose from the LA “Paisley Underground” scene along side bands like The Three O’Clock, Green On Red, Rain Parade, The Long Ryders, and The Bangles. The Paisley Underground scene was where psychedelic rock met country met pop, and on the Dream Syndicate’s 1982 debut, The Days of Wine and Roses, they recorded a record that was filled with guitars, guitars, and more guitars, anchored by a psychedelic-garage rock sound that to this day remains one of the great indie guitar rock records of all time.

On their new album, Wynn and Duck are joined by bassist Mark Walton and guitarist Jason Victor. The title song of the album is an 11-minute-plus piece of sprawling psychedelic rock that pulls the legacy of Days of Wine and Roses through to the present with glorious vibrancy. It’s an 11-minute-plus piece of sprawling, groove laden, psychedelic rock that feels both classic and now.

The band are playing the XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 28th.

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