Daniel Johns and Luke Steele’s collaborative effort DREAMS are set to release their debut album in just over a month, announcing that NO ONE DEFEATS US will be arriving on September 14th.
DREAMS have been one of the most enigmatic entries in the world of Aussie music for quite some time now, having first been teased almost two years ago after a picture of Steele and Johns was posted on Instagram, captioned by the phrase “Early DREAMS”.
As time went on, the mystery deepened, with Luke Steele talking about the “Talking Heads-inspired collab” he was working on with Daniel Johns. Nothing much else was said until earlier this year, when a band named DREAMS turned up on the lineup for Coachella, sending the Internet into a frenzy.
It was soon revealed that the duo did indeed consist of the Silverchair and Empire Of The Sun members, and not long after after, the pair made their Aussie debut at Vivid LIVE in May, and followed it up with the release of their debut tunes.
Now, the pair are set to drop their debut album, NO ONE DEFEATS US, on September 14th, sharing their new track, ‘Love To Live’, in the process.
“The single says lyrically what our goal is, it’s a journey into our vision of the future,” Daniel Johns said of the album’s title track. “We wanted to create a gang and have that song as our mantra.”
“The essence behind DREAMS is finding the most modern ideas and then having some kind of connection to the past. Whether it’s a reference to Brian Wilson or to Kraftwerk. It’s about including musical elements that have made us the artists we are while ignoring those things that would have been obvious for us to do musically.”
The album, recorded sporadically over the last 14 years, dates back to when The Sleepy Jackson supported Silverchair on their Diorama tour back in 2004.
“I remember hearing Luke on the radio with his band and I was like who is this guy. The connection with Luke was instant,” Johns recalled. “That was like 14 years ago…. since then we’ve recorded hundreds of songs and maybe three or more full albums before we settled on this sound.”
“We work really well with each other, but we’d get together and write some really good stuff and then there’d be a gap of three to six months between writing and everything we’d done would feel obsolete. We’ve been writing and dreaming together since we first met.”
NO ONE DEFEATS US is set to be released on September 14th, with pre-orders available now.