1997 – 2001 (4 years)
Connecticut, United States
Jeromes Dream are a Connecticut screamo three-piece, originally active from 1997 to 2001. 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, 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. According to guitarist Nick Antonopoulos, the band devised their name from the film Gattaca. In contrast, during a 2018 Instagram live stream, drummer Erik Ratensperger stated that the name came from watching a friend's cat (named Jerome) sleeping.
In 2005, Alone Records of Oswego, NY released a 2CD discography containing all of Jeromes Dream's recordings, including live and unreleased songs.
In March 2018, Jeromes Dream crowd funded their upcoming LP on Indiegogo. They announced that it would be recorded and produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge.
• Jeromes Dream Demo Cassette (Self-Released. 1998)
• Split w/ Amalgamations 7" (Rice Control Records. 1998)
• Split w/ July 7" (Hit the Ground Running Records. 1999)
• Split w/ Book of Dead Names 5" (Witching Hour Records. 1999)
• Seeing Means More Than Safety 10" LP (Old Glory Records. 2000)
• Split w/ Orchid 10" Skull Shaped Split (Witching Hour Records. 2000)
• Split w/ Usurp Synapse 7" (Level Plane / Clean Plate Records. 2000)
• V/A "Antipodes" 7" EP (Level Plane Records. 2000)
• Presents MCD (Alone Records. 2001)
• Split w/ The One AM Radio 7" (Garbage Czar Records. 2001)
• Completed 1997-2001 2xCD (Alone Records. 2005)
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