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dredg Interview & Concert Review!

13 May 2011 4 Comments

By: Darius

Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy

The new dredg record, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, has been met with a lion’s share of criticism from a lot of the media and fans alike, due to its stark departure in sound and production from the band’s previous releases. Please judge for yourself if the criticisms are justified. However, what’s certain is that the guys in dredg weren’t interested in creating another typical album, so they bravely moved forward with this bombastic piece of work with its enigmatic title.

I’m a fan of the band and was definitely shocked when I heard Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy. It sounds like a different band to me. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get someone from dredg on the show to talk about it. Today, we did just that and spoke with lead singer Gavin Hayes. This interview is terrific because you hear the lead singer of a successful band, in the middle of a headlining tour, defiantly discussing the thought process before and after the release of its most polarizing album. It was a fascinating discussion and I think you’ll agree.

Gavin Hayes of dredg at The Roxy

What’s clear is that Gavin was expecting some backlash but maybe not quite this much. There’s definitely some hostility in Gavin’s reaction and he admitted as much. Check out the interview and hear for yourself.

Their show last week at the Roxy was great. It was my first dredg show and I was thrilled to be in attendance. It was the second of a two-night stand and it was packed in there. dredg played a well-balanced setlist and the crowd was tremendous.

On a side note, someone from dredg’s camp had distributed 100 or so masks created from the Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy artwork. It looked like a neat memento to bring home with you, especially if you’re a huge dredg fan. The mask was made from a cardboard image of the face with a popsicle stick on the back. It was really hot in the Roxy so everyone that had a mask was using it as a fan. Well… almost everyone.

dredg Super-Fan Shows His Allegiance

I was standing near this guy and was rendered speechless. I mean, come on man. You’re at a show at the very front of the audience. You’re watching a band in which you are clearly a die-hard fan. You have your girlfriend with you. And you put a mask in front of your face sporadically throughout the set to watch the band through the little eye slits. Hmm. Ok.

Anyway, it was a great show and I loved hearing all the material live, including the new stuff. It definitely comes across better in a live setting. I will say that after this show and especially after speaking with Gavin, that I will be seeing dredg again down the road and will absolutely be looking forward to whatever their next move will be as a band. I like artists that are unafraid to take risks, no matter how bold.

***dredg: Setlist – West Hollywood, CA 5/4/2011***

Another Tribe
Upon Returning
Not That Simple
Bug Eyes
Of The Room
Whoa Is Me
Instrumental Interlude
It Only Took A Day
Planting Seeds
The Thought of Losing You
The Tent
Down Without A Fight
Hungover On A Tuesday
The Canyon Behind Her

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  • KFR said:

    I know Andrew didn’t like this CD from an IM convo we had and I’m impressed/shocked he mentioned he didn’t like it during the show. The guys got through the interview and like the show with Adler, it made me like Dredg a lil more. The album sucked and disappointed me majorly but Gavins attitude (literally) will make me forget how much it sucks and make me respect them as musicians.

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  • 80891 said:

    The worst CD of their career – as bad as the portly superfan is ridiculous looking.

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  • Mask said:

    I’m hoping y’all decide to put this note through considering you’ve been deleted comments from others.

    I heard the audio and read the article and it was good. I support fully the fact you want to diminish the brainless “this album sucks” posts. I thought it was uncool at first but I’m for certain it’s not because you care what the band or label thinks but because you want that mindnumbing idiocy off your site.

    Kudos for that.

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  • GC said:

    Good interview. Crap record. NEED A REFUND!

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