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The Dreamside is a rock band formed in the Netherlands in 1994. Their music is most often described as ethereal Goth rock, tending to the faery end of the spectrum, although there are also elements of shoegazer, trip-hop and industrial in early music. They have been compared to everyone from This Mortal Coil and Tori Amos to The Gathering and Nightwish.Read More...
The band was formed by Italian-Dutch singer Kemi Vita and bass guitarist Roman Schoensee, who have remained the band's core songwriters. They recorded Pale Blue Lights, the band's debut album, pretty much solo with assistance from various musicians; it was released in 1994 to excellent reviews. To tour the album Vita recruited guitarist Fried Bruggink, who became another core member of the band.
The Dreamside's next release, Nuda Veritas (1995), consisted of several dance/techno remixes of songs from their debut album.
In 1996 they released their second album, Apaika, a glossier, more ethereal album than the first. Again reviews were excellent, and the Dreamside steadily became more popular in Europe. They also toured the USA for the first time, although to a tepid response, as the American Goth scene had shifted attention to harder-edged styles.
The band took an extended break, returning in 2001 with Mirror Moon, a harder, more metallic album. The group, and particularly Vita, changed looks, abandoning their Victorian-style dress for corsets, rubber and fetish gear. The following year the band returned to the USA, releasing Faery Child, a "best of" compilation. A breakthrough remained elusive, however.
The Dreamside's fourth "proper" album, Spin Moon Magic, was released in September 2005; it continues in the harder, more rock style of Mirror Moon.
In 2007 The Dreamside celebrated their 13th anniversary by releasing “The 13th Chapter”, a remix album with 13 tracks featuring contributes from acts like Angels and Agony, Lunascape, Satyrian and Vigilante as well as duets with 18Summers, Born from Pain and the Japanese poet Kenji Siratori.
In 2009 The Dreamside released their 5th studio album on the Finnish label Lion Music. Highlights of this release were the beautiful stop motion animation of the Dutch animation artist Eva de Winkel for the song “Sternenkind” and the collaboration with the band “Information Society”.
In the same year Louis Buurman joined The Dreamside on the guitar. He played his first show at the Rotterdam Winterborn Festival where Rogue and Kemi performed “Open Your Eyes” live together on stage.
The Dreamside is currently working on their 6th album. The album will be released on the bands own label “Spin Moon Media”.
The band currently consists of Kemi Vita, Roman Schoensee, Louis Buurman, guitarist Cees Visit and drummer Merijn Mol.
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- Open Your Eyes - 12,834 plays