The Dream Eaters blend the ethereal vocals of Jake Zavracky and Elizabeth LeBaron in intertwining streams of haunting melodies. The duo released their debut EP “Five Little Pills” in May 2016. A bare-bones production that they self-recorded and released, it was a precursor to the sound that was further realized on their full-length debut album, We Are A Curse, released in 2017. After touring relentlessly in the Eastern US and Canada in 2017 and 2018, the duo released their second full length album “Pagan Love” in October 2018. The album features a poppier, hook-ier, version of the sound they established on their debut.
Today, we are pleased to team up with the band for the premiere of their haunting and fantastical video for their new album’s title track.
In addition, we get to discuss with the band about the new album and more!
Hi Jake, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’re pretty tired! We’ve been on the road a lot this year.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pagan Love”?
It’s a pretty simple love song, it’s essentially a pagan prayer – if you wanted to have a pagan wedding ceremony you could use it for your vows!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
We just wanted to write a simple love song, something that’s sort of positive in the midst of the mostly negative and bleak songs on the rest of the album.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We’ve made a bunch of videos with Dave Bunting, the director. We went down to his studio here in Brooklyn and shot it in front of a green screen. Dave was having us do all this weird stuff and we really had no idea what he had in mind until we saw the final product. It’s definitely our favorite video we’ve made. We like how odd it is.
Why [did you name the album] after this song in particular?
There’s a lot of pagan imagery in the lyrics on all the songs on the album, so it really fit with the theme of the album.
How was the recording and writing process?
This song went through a lot of changes, at first it was almost a completely different song, with different lyrics and a more driving beat. I ended up changing the lyrics and making a much more sparsely arranged demo of it and it just worked. And that’s pretty much what the end product sounds like.
[Would you call this album a] departure or a follow up to your debut album?
It’s certainly somewhat of a departure from our debut album “We Are A Curse”, although many of the core elements are still there. The songs are bigger and more hooky, more poppy. It also has a lot more energy.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s hard to say exactly because some of the songs are older, “Crucifix” is nearly ten years old for example. I must have written 90 songs for this album. Our process is that I write a ton of songs for every album, I send maybe about a third of those to Elizabeth and she picks out the best ones from there, and eventually we have the final product. The lyrics are mostly inspired by living in New York City, the things we go through on a daily basis, the environment we live in.
Any plans to hit the road?
We just got back from doing a lot of touring this year, we’ll be on tour again next year after our next album comes out, we’re shooting for some time in the late summer for that but it’s impossible to say, we don’t have any new songs yet!
What else is happening next in The Dream Eaters world?
I’m going to write a new album over the next six months or so, we’ll probably do some light touring in the spring and then step it up in the late summer and fall of 2019.