It’s not every day that a couple of respected progressive rock musicians decide to abandon their love of the long-format concept record and pursue something more commercially appealing, but that’s precisely what happened when Days Before Tomorrow founder, Scott Kahn, got together with DBT bandmate Derek Davodowich to plot the next chapter of their musical journey.
In many ways this was a full-circle type of journey, as Kahn (keyboards) was inspired to become a musician thanks to his love of British artists such as Gary Numan and Duran Duran, and Davodowich (guitar) came from the world of bands like Toto and Giant. Pop was in their DNA; they just didn’t realize how much so until they began developing material for their new project.
“We came at this thinking about classic pop bands with great musicianship that we have always loved,” Kahn explains. “Roxette, Berlin, Duran Duran. These were great European artists that were never afraid to feature guitars alongside big keyboards.” Davodowich shares, “We also love modern bands such as Chvrches and Keane. So for us, the new band was about combining our love of classic and modern Euro-pop with our need to create meaningful music that has depth, intricacies, and a broad stylistic appeal.”
The as-yet unnamed group began songwriting with another prog rock stalwart—Kahn’s collaborator in Beyond Tomorrow, bassist Pete Blomstrom (of the classic prog band, Generator, and the immensely well-known Rush tribute act, Hemispheres). Although Blomstrom’s tenure was only meant to be a temporary one to aid in the initial songwriting and recording, his wicked bass grooves were an essential element that led to the making of the band’s debut EP.
The search for a vocalist took a bit more time as Kahn and Davodowich needed to find just the right kind of singer that would bring their unique musical vision to life. They spent time auditioning numerous talented, young women with varying levels of stage and studio experience who sang in a wide range of styles. Eventually, they took a chance on Carrie Edwards, the least experienced from a rock band perspective (she had more of a theater background). “We picked the singer we felt was the best raw, undeveloped talent,” explains Kahn. “While other vocalists might have had a bit more polish and finish, they were all kind of similar to each other—and to what’s on the radio today, which isn’t so exciting. But Carrie had the ‘It’ factor for us. She has a unique voice that brought just the right character and attitude to the band, and her talent for developing lyrics and melodies was more in line with our modern rock vibe than anyone else demonstrated.”
“I was really excited to work with Scott and Derek,” explained Edwards. “They allowed me to live out a childhood dream, and if their ridiculous musical talents weren't enough to be inspirational, their faith in me was such great encouragement. I can't exactly understand it myself, being a bit of a rookie, but I know that's why we've been able to create music really well together.”
Drummer Byron Barbieri (Empire Hydeous) had shared New York City stages many years prior with Kahn, and it was their mutual friend and former alternative rock bandmate, Dave Sempier (Five Star Dive/Untitled Art) who knew that these two would make a perfect musical fit.
Together, the band became DreamEternalBliss, or, simply, DEB, a name that ideally suites the dreamy, synth-pop element of the band’s sound. Combining the vibe of classic New Wave with modern rock attitude and a touch of prog rock grandeur, DreamEternalBliss deliver a fresh, new sound that innovates; not emulates.