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Updated on November 9, 2011

Introducing people to new or lesser known music has always been a hobby and mission of mine. Music is so many things to me and I feel a responsibility to share my experience with others. I am always on a quest for new bands, new styles of music, and new trends in music. With this hub I want to share one of my favorite bands whos music is haunting and inspiring. Even with a constant influx of new music, I can always go back to this wonderful band for motivation, clarity, escape, and release.

I would like to introduce Dredg.

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History

Dredg is a band from Los Gatos, CA composed of Gavin Hayes on vocals and slide guitar, Mark Engles on guitar, Drew Roulette on bass and Dino Campanella on drums. They often fall into the category of art rock, progressive, or experimental. Formed in 1993, the band spent years developing their sound before their first full length album release in 1998. The album was released independently and the band spent time touring California promoting their music. Dredg signed with major label Interscope Records in 2001. Dredg parted with Interscope in 2007 and has released records with independent label Ohlone Records.

Below is one of my favorite Dredg songs off of the album El Cielo. The song is called Triangle. I think the lyrics and music are a perfect match. Have a listen to the song from the video and follow along to the lyrics.

Triangle

Triangle Lyrics

We're born into silence and let it all be
Lift your anchor and just float astray
Born into silence and let it all be
Fortune in silence

Watch it explode
While fragments of irony's examples fly
And hit the shore
And tyranny's torn
From the podiums where leaders stand
But rule no more

Plead with nothing while they lecture about something
Protest the way we're passive today

Watch it explode
While it's not impossible for flowers to bloom and grow
Next to graves
And babies are born
In the same buildings where people go
To pass away
Pass away

Plead with nothing while they lecture about something
Protest the way we're passive today

We live like penguins in the desert
Why can't we live like tribes

Born into silence and let it all be
Lift your anchor and just float astray
Born into silence and let it all be
Fortune in silence

El Cielo

El Cielo is my favorite Dredg album. Compared to leitmotif, there is a much more polished sound. The music and lyrics are haunting. Much like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the entire album takes you on a journey. With beautiful lyrics, nostalgic bass-lines, and exquisite layering, this album should be in everyone's collection.

Leitmotif

Leitmotif has a heavier edge, but is still accessible to those with more mellow tastes. The album ebbs and flows with richness and color and comfort is found during every change. This album reveals Dredg in their infancy and makes clear the enormity of potential and promise.

Live at The Fillmore

Live at The Fillmore is a recording of many great Dredg songs from The Fillmore in San Francisco. Many great Dredg songs are included, even a few that aren't on other albums. This album highlights how exacting and energetic Dredg have become live.

Catch Without Arms

Catch Without Arms is the most palatable of all Dredg albums as it has something for everyone. Songs evoke deep emotion while at the same time providing inspiration and curiosity. Songs stand well on their own, but one can't help wonder what journey the next song will take them on. The lyrics here are lovely as well, providing a voice to frustration, confusion, and yearning.

"Let the Demons Have Their Place, If So It's Angels You'll Create"

Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy

The newest Dredg album, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, is a testament to the ever changing and progressing style of Dredg. This album was produced by San Francisco local Dan The Automator. He has produced albums for and been involved with such great artists as Handsome Boy Modeling School, Peeping Tom, Kasabian, Gorillza, DJ Shadow, and Deltron 3030 to name a few. His recognizable mark shines through on this Dredg album which adds a fresh, exciting new sound.

The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion

The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is a visceral odessy. The production value on this album is flawless and Dredg has clearly utilized many other amazing musicians to further progress their sound, their experience, and their art.

Final Thoughts

This article is meant to be an introduction to an amazing band. There are a lot of B-sides out there as well as unreleased tracks and live recordings that are worth checking out. In fact, some of my favorite Dredg songs are unreleased. The band members are also active artists producing some amazing paintings that are often raffled off to fans. Dredg encompasses the term "artist" in every sense of the word.

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    • PADDYBOY60 profile image

      PADDYBOY60 

      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Cool band. Thanks for introducing them to us.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks for sharing, it is good to promote like this - especially in these times where recording contracts are harder and harder to come by.

    • kcamp01 profile image

      kcamp01 

      6 years ago from Anniston, Alabama

      Nice! I love to find new and obscure music.

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Oh, I love them!! Thank you for such detailed information. I love finding new music and I just found a band I think I will like for a very, very long time :)

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