Dec 17, 2006

Dream Pop


People often ask what does your band sound like?...and I am always at odds to give a straight, concise answer that won't lead them astray. How does one describe a unique sound? But by comparing to other well known bands that most people have heard of. So here is a quick description from Wikipedia.org that gives a flavor of what our sound is like:

“Dream pop is a type of alternative rock that originated in the early 1980s when bands like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and A.R. Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began twisting New Wave melodies into sonic, echoing textures and mumbled vocals. The term was mostly used in the United States. In the late 1980s, several varieties of dream pop emerged, primarily in Britain. These included shoegazing and space rock. In the late 1980s and 1990s a number of dream pop bands emerged in the United States, including Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star, and His Name is Alive. More recently bands like The Dandy Warhols and Hinterland have had the label attributed to them. Dream pop has influenced artists of other genres, such as Deftones and The Smashing Pumpkins.”

So there you have an encyclopedia-type-definition, that somewhat describes Sentinel music. I would also add that our sound has a lot of U2 and Flock of Seagulls influence. The solid vocal parts & lyrics that are decipherable, come from the Olivia Newton-John, Linda Rodstadt, Pat Benatar and the like of youthful influences. The list of influences could go on & on, but the truth is, all musicians are influenced by what came before, and the ever present "collective unconscious" that Young, the psychologist often expounded on. We are all connected at some level.
Happy Holidays ! Tarabud ~
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