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How Did I Find Myself Here?

The Dream Syndicate stopped by the studios of Seattle’s KEXP radio station in September while touring in support of the band’s excellent reunion album “How Did I Find Myself Here?”, recording a 35-minute session and interview that is now available for all to see.

The Steve Wynn-led band — which recently reunited on-stage with original bassist Kendra Smith performs four songs off “How Did I Find Myself Here?”, including the spiraling jam of a title track. Those guitar tones are incredible. Especially on How Did I Find Myself Here, it’s just exploding with a wild energy.

Dream Syndicate’s guitar-based indie rock sounds great today, though if you’ve been following Steve Wynn that won’t surprise you. Steve has drafted in his Miracle 3 front man instead and a real bonus is producer Chris Cacavas’s unobtrusive keyboards. Where they are more prominent his touches are deft and support the guitar-based sound which typifies this fine outfit. It’s fine American indie guitar-rock without any bombast or posturing, it’s smart and really well-honed.

The Dream Syndicate performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded September 30th, 2017.

Songs:  Glide, Out Of My Head,  Filter Me Through You , How Did I Find Myself Here?.

Five years after reuniting to play live, The Dream Syndicate plans to release its first new album in 29 years, a collection that bandleader Steve Wynn has revealed will feature a guest vocal by founding bassist Kendra Smith  who has sat out the ongoing reunion, but agreed to appear on a song Wynn calls “the perfect coda to the record.”

Wynn announced on his website late last summer that he’d completed work on The Dream Syndicate’s fifth album, the very belated follow-up to 1988’s Ghost Stories. He wrote, “It’s mind-blowingly good and we can’t wait to get it out there,” and said he was looking for the right label to put it out.

The album’s title has not yet been announced, nor a release date confirmed. But Wynn has prepared a new band bio for booking agency Billions that discusses the album recorded by the current lineup of Wynn, original drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton (who joined after 1984’s Medicine Show) and guitarist Jason Victor, who plays in Wynn’s band, The Miracle 3.

“Oh, and there was one last surprise, one more perfect link to our past and completing of the circle. One of the more intriguing of the songs we recorded was a hypnotic trance and mantra called ‘Recurring.’ I had a pretty decent lyric and sang a good vocal, but somehow it just didn’t work. The song and the riff were cool, the band’s recording was evocative and beautiful. But I began to realize I wasn’t the right singer for the song. And I knew immediately that the perfect singer would be the only other person to sing lead on a Dream Syndicate song, our original bass player Kendra Smith. I was amazed and delighted that my old friend and band mate agreed to do it and then wrote some astounding lyrics and sang a vocal that at once as true to the spirit of the song and also turned the whole thing upside down. The song, now called ‘Kendra’s Dream,’ is the perfect coda to the record, tying up loose ends from the past and then opening them up again to the future.”