Premiere: Bad Dreamers’ Impassioned Indie Pop Ascent, “Reach You”

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Raw and bittersweet, The Bad Dreamers’ impassioned “Reach You” is an intimate, heartwrenching ’80s indie pop lament of distance and disconnect.

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We had a flower, but we planted it in a snowstorm,” croons California’s The Bad Dreamers in his impassioned new song. Raw and bittersweet, “Reach You” is an intimate, heartwrenching ’80s indie pop lament of distance and disconnect.

I’ve been trying so hard just to reach you…
How many times do we really need to talk this over?
How many second chances are we gonna take?
We had a flower but we planted it in a snowstorm
We love each other but there’s not enough left to save
Maybe ’cause my heart’s bleeding dry
Maybe ’cause we won’t let it die
I’m running out of actions, all out of words,
everything we do only makes it worse
“Reach You” – The Bad Dreamers

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Reach You,” the latest single off The Bad Dreamers’ upcoming debut album, Songs About People Including Myself (out October 25, 2018). The new musical project from Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer/filmmaker David Schuler, Los Angeles’ The Bad Dreamers crafts high-energy indie pop tailor-made to lift your spirits and move your feet. Debut singles “Who You Run To” and “The Meaning of Life” exhibit strong influences from modern acts like The 1975 and St. Lucia, alongside ’80s sound staples such as Tears for Fears, Genesis, Duran Duran, and more – making The Bad Dreamers a must-know for any fan of those nostalgic synthpop and propulsive “retro pop” vibes.

It’s a winning combination that plays out again and again on Songs About People Including Myself.

songs about people including myself - the bad dreamers

songs about people including myself – the bad dreamers

While this is his debut solo effort, The Bad Dreamers is by no means David Schuler’s first musical foray. The accomplished creator has written and produced songs with P!nk, John Legend, New Politics and more. The Bad Dreamers came about unexpectedly when Schuler needed music for a new short film of his, called The Offer: Song after song poured out, and soon he had a full album’s worth of material.

Following on the heels of the sweet cool winds of “California Winter,” The Bad Dreamers’ new single “Reach You” evokes a deep aching through passionate cries and pained protest. His  vivid descriptions paint a dark portraiture of loneliness, insecurity, and uncertainty.

I’ve been trying so hard just to reach you…
I can’t watch TV, I can hardly listen to music
Everywhere I turn there’s something to remind me
I sleep with the lights on, try to eat at new restaurants
But everywhere I turn it’s like you’re right behind me
Maybe ’cause my heart’s bleeding dry
Maybe ’cause we won’t let it die
I’m running out of actions, all out of words,
everything we do only makes it worse

“‘Reach You’ is a song about struggling to communicate with someone close,” David Schuler tells Atwood Magazine. “I’ve had the production laying around for nearly a year or so and there are maybe six versions of the song that nobody will ever hear. This was maybe the most difficult song on the record to produce, for a number of reasons, but mainly due to the tempo and the overall vibe I was trying to create.”

It’s difficult, if not totally impossible, to be heartfelt, heavy, and smooth all at once: Nobody weeps gracefully, period. Nevertheless, The Bad Dreamers finds a way to embody strife while keeping his poise, collapsing into himself through bone-chilling vocal wails that sear themselves into our memory. Consider some of your worst relationship moments, when things were at an all-time low and there seemed to be absolutely nothing you or your partner could do to mend things.

Such is the magnitude of “Reach You,” a song teetering on emotional cliffs, ready to plunge into darkness’ depths at a moment’s notice. Stream The Bad Dreamers’ latest single exclusively on Atwood Magazine: Debut album Songs About People Including Myself is out October 25, 2018!

Catch The Bad Dreamers at The Satellite in Los Angeles on November 6th – tickets here!

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10.10 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel w/ Timecop1983
10.11 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ FM-84
10.12 Toronto, CN @ Adelaide Hall w/ FM-84
10.13 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/FM-84
10.14 Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa w/FM-84

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com