CJ Gilpin Vocals | Aled Evans Guitar | Rhys Wilcox Guitar | Jamie Lee Drums
In a world where most people claim to be genuine but all too rarely actually are, Dream State feel different. “That’s my thing… being real, open and honest,” says vocalist CJ Gilpin. “There’s so much power in that. I can’t be fake, that’s just not in me. I can’t put on a façade. I like to be real. I want people to feel connected. This is why music is not just a band for me or the boys, it’s a way of inspiring. I know how hard life can be.”
Proof of this is their staggering debut album ‘Primrose Path’, named after a person on the pursuit of pleasure despite disastrous results and the most vital rock album from a UK band in years. It partly forms a commentary on social media, alcohol, drugs and much more aside from that, but defiantly so: “There’s a lot of goodness in there, a lot of fight. I want to wake things up and make something of my life,” says CJ.
That’s been their approach ever since Dream State – completed by guitarists Aled Evans and Rhys Wilcox and drummer Jamie Lee – came flying out of South Wales with the viral breakout hit ‘White Lies’. A deal with UNFD was inked before their slot at 2017’s Reading & Leeds Festival, and their rise began in earnest. 2018’s emphatic ‘Recovery’ EP won both critical acclaim and popular support and led to extensive touring, taking in Download, 2000 Trees, Slam Dunk and even a trip to Australia for a one-off performance at UNIFY Gathering 2019.
Then came some more recognition: the Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer (following in the footsteps of the likes of Royal Blood and Neck Deep); serious attention from the media worldwide including an invitation to visit the prestigious Maida Vale studios to record a session for BBC Radio 1; 20m streams and still rising for ‘Recovery’. There truly aren’t many heavy UK bands moving as fast or as far as Dream State right now, and with ‘Primrose Path’ in their arsenal it’s time for them to step up.