Under the Influence: Dream Phases' 5 Pivotal Career Influencing Songs

Los Angeles psych rock outfit, Dream Phases, have recently released their latest single. Frightened Man” is layered with fuzz paired with upbeat psych-rock elements, exhibiting all of the classic staples of 70’s era beach-tinged garage rock that made that sound so timeless. In addition to the new track, the band's upcoming album So Long, Yesterday will be released October 18th, 2019 in partnership with Nomad Eel Records and Lunar Ruins. So Long, Yesterday serves as a reflection on growing up in Los Angeles and the band’s exploration of the diverse and expansive west coast. Topically, it ruminates on the end of long-term relationships and the lessons we learn in those situations - mixing thoughtful introspection with a healthy dose of optimism. Dream Phases will soon October be embarking on an extensive European tour in support of the record!

We asked the band to share some of their most influential songs of all time and here's what they came up with:

“Cathy’s clown” by The Everly Brothers

I could have picked any number of songs by The Everly Brothers. The close harmony singing, where often there isn’t a lead vocal but two vocal parts syncing together, that was a goal and influence on a lot of the songs. I was listening heavily to them while writing the album.

“flood’s new light” by Thee Oh Sees

A friend showed me this song and the Putrifiers II album, and it was my introduction to the Thee Oh Sees. The riffs and energy were fantastic, and this is still my favorite album of theirs.

“Long, Long, Long” by The Beatles

One of my favorite songs on the White Album. The use of space, the haunting way the lyrics are sung, and the beautiful bridge are all qualities I try for in my songs.


“You Don’t Know How It Feels” by Tom Petty

I have always been listening to a lot of Tom Petty, and I wanted to find a way to have memorable melodies and simple direct lyrics. Sometimes simple and straightforward is the best route.

“Strung Out Again” by Elliott Smith

Honesty that is a delicate gut-punch, with a melodic and dissonant musical blend. Elliott’s music offers me a lot of comfort in times of discontent and reminds us we are not alone.

Acentric Magazine