The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • The Dream Syndicate - Filter Me Through You (Live on The Current) 03:38
  • The Dream Syndicate - Like Mary (Live on The Current) 05:12
  • The Dream Syndicate - Glide (Live on The Current) 05:58

The Dream Syndicate were founded in 1981, part of the Los Angeles psychedelic-post-punk mashup scene known as The Paisley Underground. "We were at the opposite of the bands in our scene," recalls front man Steve Wynn. "As much as I love the bands in the Paisley Underground, we were the noisy, trashy stepbrothers down the hall."

In 1988, the band broke up, but reunited in 2012. "We had broken up way back in '88, and at various times had been asked to do shows," Wynn explains. "We remained friends and talked to each other about things, and just didn't do it. We got asked to do a festival in Spain five years ago and it just seemed like, 'Well, now's the right time.' And we did it, and it went great."

So great, in fact, the band began creating new music together. "After a while we started to realize not only that we were able to pick up where we left off, but go to new places at the same time," Wynn says. "We sound like, in some ways, a new band, and we were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record."

That record, How Did I Find Myself Here?, was released in September. Now touring in support of the album, the Dream Syndicate visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn just ahead of a show at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session with the Dream Syndicate, including Jim McGuinn's story about where he first saw the Dream Syndicate perform live: opening for U2 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in 1983.

Songs Performed


"Filter Me Through You"
"Like Mary"
"Glide"
All songs from the Dream Syndicate's 2017 album, How Did I Find Myself Here?, available on ANTI- Records.

Hosted by Jim McGuinn
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Riley Bruestle
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


The Dream Syndicate - official site

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  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Dennis Duck of The Dream Syndicate performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Guitarist Kirk Swan, who joined The Dream Syndicate on tour in place of Jason Victor, tunes his instrument in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate prepares to perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Guitarist Kirk Swan is touring with The Dream Syndicate; he's seen here performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Bassist Mark Walton of The Dream Syndicate performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio
    The Dream Syndicate pose for a photo with The Current's Jim McGuinn (third from left) following their in-studio session. Pictured, left to right: Kirk Swan, guitar; Dennis Duck, drums; McGuinn; Mark Walton, bass; Steve Wynn, guitar and vocals; Chris Cacavas, keys. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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