The band had a unique vocal style - singer Jeff Smith opted not to use a microphone while performing live, instead screaming unamplified at the top of his lungs. The band was known for playing very short sets, usually no longer than 10 minutes. According to Smith, they thought 10 minutes was all they needed to get their point across.
The band’s second full length album, Presents, featured a drastic change in vocal style, abandoning the raw screams for processed “megaphone” style vocals. This stylistic shift was rumored to a product of vocal cord damage sustained by their singer from the repeated strain of performing. However, Smith cites an anecdote in which while recording with Orchid his voice cut off and he passed out in the recording booth. Afterward, they changed their style overall.
After Jeromes Dream split, Jeff Smith went on to play experimental drone music in The Wind-Up Bird. Drummer Erik Ratensperger now played in the bands Best Inventions and The Virgins and currently plays in The Rassle. The other member was guitarist Nick Antonopulous.
In 2005, Alone Records of Oswego, NY released a 2CD discography containing all of Jeromes Dream’s recordings, including live and unreleased songs.
jeromes dream “demo” cassette
jeromes dream / amalgamations 7” split (rice control records)
jeromes dream / july 7” split (hit the ground running records)
jeromes dream / book of dead names 5” split (witching hour records)
jeromes dream “seeing means more than safety” 10” lp (old glory records)
jeromes dream / orchid 10” skull shaped split (witching hour records)
jeromes dream / usurp synapse 7” split (level plane/clean plate records)
v/a “antipodes” 7” comp (level plane records)
jeromes dream / the one am radio 7” split (garbage czar records)
jeromes dream “presents” MCD (alone records)
jeromes dream “completed 1997-2001” 2xCD (alone records)
http://www.cleanplate.com/jeromesdream (official site)
http://www.myspace.com/jeromesdream (official myspace with a 2008 blog posted by erik about the bands existence)
Edited by legavin on 1 Jul 2012, 00:05
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