El Cielo firmly established Dredg as the cerebral, progressive/art rock outfit they seemed destined to become.
Pop’s Nightclub, Sauget, Ill.
with RX Bandits and As Tall as Lions
Starting out as high school friends playing rapcore in small clubs back in 1993, Dredg certainly has traveled down an interesting and multi-faceted evolutionary musical path. The quartet, who call California‘s Bay area home, self-released their debut album Leitmotif in 1999, which utilized cello, piano, xylophone and various percussive instruments to create a then-unique mixture of alternative rock and world music. It was a concept album, which all of Dredg’s studio releases since then have been, and included song titles such as "Traversing Through the Arctic Cold We Search for the Spirit of Yuta," letting listeners know that they were not a typical, run-of-the-mill four-piece alt-rock group.
Interscope signed the band in 2001, enabling them to tour with many of the heavy-hitters of that time, including Alien Ant Farm, Chevelle, Deftones and Taproot, expanding their fanbase significantly. Their 2002 release El Cielo, based on both the artwork of surrealist Salvador Dali and the perplexing half-asleep/half-awake condition known as sleep paralysis, firmly established Dredg as the cerebral, progressive/art rock outfit they seemed destined to become.
2005’s Catch Without Arms, based loosely on the balance created by negative and positive forces interacting, further displayed Dredg’s keen ability to create multilayered, melodic songs with intelligent and insightful lyrics; consequently (and unsurprisingly) making it the band’s most successful album to date.
Late last fall, Dredg hit the road to test-drive some of the new material for their fourth studio album, delivering a stellar performance to a tightly packed Fubar in downtown St. Louis. After a three-month delay due mostly to the band’s parting ways with Interscope, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion (ILG) was finally released June 9.
In a poll taken on one of the band’s fansites, only 1% of fans voted the disc as terrible, and an impressive 72% voted it as amazing, including one fan who says he’s "old enough to be your parent. Said fan claimed the album good enough to get placed on the same high pedestal as Pink Floyd’s masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon.
Whether you’re a fan of progressive-rock bands of the late ’70s such as Queen, Genesis and Kansas, or you’re barely old enough to even know who those bands are, you should plan on being at Pop’s on August 7. See and hear for yourself what Dredg has learned from all of their great influences, and how they’ve infused that knowledge with their own unique transformational process of the past 16 years. | Michele Ulsohn
Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 day of show. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. More info: http://www.popsrocks.com/.