from Darren on 12 May 2004:
At one point in the last news I wrote for Dead Men Dream I
mentioned that the new ideas on the CD I received were awful.
I have to say that it is a matter of opinion and what I should
have said was simply that it was not the style of music I wanted
to work with. I apologise for that. They are great guys and I
sincerely wish all the best to them for their next project.
from Darren on 11 March 2004:
Men Dream is on hold for a while...
needs new blood. It was always difficult to get stuff together
with Dead Men Dream. Even though we practiced every week, we
found it really hard to agree about our own style or direction.
of the stuff that I liked (which was recorded on the two promo
CDs) was written by Kevin De Groot (guitars) and was worked
on with other members ideas until everyone was happy.
(other guitarist) and Clive (drummer) were starting to find
it more difficult to like the ideas that Kevin and myself were
coming up with. They like the traditional death metal style
and they don't like the use of clean guitars, moody drums and
and myself (along with Abbo, the bass player) were getting
together to write stuff. The band would work on it in rehearsal,
but it could never get completed because Dino and Clive were
just not happy with the sound of this new material.
love to travel, and that is one of the things I find exciting
about being in a touring band - the chance to see other places
and meet new people. In the end I just couldn't put off a serious
world trip any longer, and so I went. I gave the band a chance
to work on some material themselves and send it out to me on
CD. Unfortunately, when I heard their ideas I was not into
it at all. They must have thought it was good otherwise they
would not have sent it to me, but I thought it was awful, and
was not what I wanted to do.
knowing the future of the band, I stopped posting news on the
net about the band. People are wondering why, and I write this
so that people understand.
I heard the disappointing CD of new DMD ideas I got in touch
with my friend in Liverpool who I know has great ideas and
who I had thought about working on some new music with at some
point. He sent me a CD of his ideas and it was TRULY AMAZING.
They were just ideas, but they were really impressive. On my
return I went to Liverpool and we began work on a new project
called SEROTONAL. We had thought of using the name Dead Men
Dream, but Kevin and Abbo want to continue what we started
with Dead Men Dream at some point.
can still email Abbo or Kevin at the band's usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I shall end how I started... Dead Men Dream needs new blood
to revive itself, a bit like that old guy on the film, "Texas
website under construction:
email Jon or Gary, the musicians in Serotonal: email@example.com
from Darren on 26 June 2003:
of a travel and thought update...
Now I am back in Bangkok and on Friday I catch the overnight
train to the border of Laos, where I go next. It is the most
bombed country in the world. The people still die every day from
the UXB's scattered all over the country. They also use the empty
bomb casings as flowerpots or even to build their homes with.
The Americans dropped more ordnance on that country alone than
all the bombs dropped in the entire second world war! They funded
this secret war by using the CIA's own airline - Air America
- to create and subsequently control the opium trade of the so-called
Read the book AIR AMERICA, about that airline and some of the
CIA's dirty deeds. The author is Christopher Robbins.
Or by the same author, read THE RAVENS. This is actually a really
exciting account of the pilots who were recruited into this airline
and about their involvement in the secret war in Laos.
Alternatively just type in CIA, LAOS, AIR AMERICA on a search
engine and be both mesmerised and disgusted by what you read.
The websites about the CIA are among the best conspiracy stuff
I have read. It is food for thought and provides fuel for a good
Laos is a beautiful country and so are the people, despite
their obvious trauma from recent years. Then I'm off to Vietnam,
where of course I'll find out more about the "American
War", as it is obviously known there.
Meanwhile, I have been reliably informed by Abbo that the band
are currently writing some new music right at the moment.
have been lyrically inspired by my experiences in India, Nepal
and most recently, Sri Lanka. Of all my travels, I am most
inspired in the Indian sub-continent. Music is everywhere,
and the weight of spirituality is more overwhelming than the
oppressive weather and the seething mass of humanity. Even
if you are only slightly curious about "the other side
of life", you cannot help but look inside. You would have
to have those "doors" firmly shut not to. I might
not always like what I find inside of myself, but I cannot
let that stop me if I want to improve as a person. It often
hurts me writing my lyrics but that means that I still have
a lot of things disturbing me, that need balancing out.
only hope I continue to be able to "re-balance" myself.
from Darren on 6 June 2003:
be needing somewhere to stay in Los Angeles and San Francisco
in October 2003, if anyone has a place to crash, please let
me know. Bands either from there or from Adelaide, Melbourne
or Sydney, Australia email
me if they wanna have a jam on something while I'm there
- at around the end of August / early September 2003.
from Darren on 23 Aug 2002:
I am off travelling again. This time I will be away for a while.
I'll be visiting some far out places. I will never lose my interest
in the exotic and the mysterious. One of the reasons why I like
to travel is because I want to make my own conclusion about the
world rather than always from books or television. I always take
photographs for my artwork but this time I'll be taking literally
thousands of photographs to give me enough pics to work on for
a while and to add to my portfolio.
I leave at the end of October, starting in India.
On the music side of things I'll be writing a hell of a lot,
and I won't be short of inspiration. Dead Men Dream won't split
up. I will keep in touch by email, and I'll meet up with a few
people on the way. Perhaps I'll post my proposed itinerary on
the band site and people can email me and arrange to meet up
if they are in the area I am in at the time.
idea is to now get the CD out to people and encourage the word
to spread so that during my travels the band doesn't just slip
away from the minds of people.
from Darren on 1 Feb 2002:
have booked a studio for 16th and 17th February 2002 to record
a couple of our new tracks. We're jamming on a lot of new material
and by then we should have moulded our favourite bits into
A new track that raises hairs on our necks and brings us into
just the right trance. It is a dark song, not totally heavy with
guitars but heavy in deep feeling. It's not pleasant subject
matter, but it's cathartic to play... and that's why I like doing
ASSUMPTION IS... (the mother of all fuck ups)
Thats not because the song is a fuck up (we hope). The title
is a statement, and in a way the song is a statement. It is up-tempo
and very heavy most of the way through. Its been years since
I personally done a song this way. We don't plan to record this
one yet. We'll just play it at gigs.
COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE, ENGLAND: 12 JAN 2002
August 2001 the band entered Zen Studios in a small Essex town
in England for their first recordings titled "zen session one".
About the recording sessions Darren comments"The
recordings are a bit raw, but the band are still developing
a sound. A decent studio would sort out the rough edges,
but it was recorded mostly live over a couple o f days in
a friend's studio so the rough edges are evident. I am pleased
to say that the 2 new songs are better. They'll be recorded
in the New Year 2002."
"The name Dead Men Dream is not meant to be mythological,
but if it sounds it then that is fine. What words or phrases
mean to me or you may be slightly different to someone else's
view, and completely different to someone else! With Dead Men
Dream there was music before there was a name. There had been
a lot of thinking and talking about it until we agreed on Dead
Men Dream. We had thought of similar things but it was this phrase
that I liked the sound of most. A body may be dead but the soul
still dreams perhaps. I may be dead but I still dream. It is
the old cliche of mine... through the unknown, unseen or undiscovered,
infinite joys can be found." says Darren about the meaning
behind the bandname.