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The Dream Machine - Small Time Monsters (Preorder 12/07/24)

The Dream Machine - Small Time Monsters (Preorder 12/07/24)

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The Dream Machine - Small Time Monsters

Label: Run On Records - ROTDM4400UK - 0044003401358
Format: LP, Album, Black
Country: UK
Released: 12th Jul 2024
Genre: Alternative/Modern
Style: Alternative/Modern
Small Town Monsters, the second full-length album from The Dream Machine, is released on Run On Records/ Modern Sky.

If 2022’s critically-acclaimed debut album Thank God! It’s The Dream Machine… was their first and most wild child, then Small Town Monsters is its refined younger sibling. The psychedelia, euphoric choruses, flashes of surf guitar and B-movie references are all there, amongst the familiar reflections of life in their beloved and faded seaside town of New Brighton, but this time the wilder elements are controlled, the songs packed into three-minute pocket symphonies.

Lead single "Frankenstein" is an anthem for the sugar-rush generation, an infectious, rattling earworm that recalls everything from haunted rockabilly to the sun-drenched melodies of Blossoms. Elsewhere on the album, the pulsating surf-stomp of Cindy’s Eyes, a small- town story of unrequited love, has a chorus to fill the most cavernous arena.

Produced by The Coral’s James Skelly, the album was partially recorded at The Dream Machine’s rehearsal space, then stitched together in Skelly’s Kempston Street Studios. There’s a refined, more literary quality to singer and primary songwriter Zak McDonnell’s lyrics; explorations of everyday life, teenage doom, B-movie monsters, family turmoil, and coming-of-age tales in the familiar backdrop of life in modern Britain.

Small Town Monsters is the sound of a band breaking free from the small town into the big world.

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