VHS Collection’s Euphoric Anthem “Dreaming” Inspires Self-Confidence

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An inspiring anthem glowing with hope and zeal, VHS Collection’s euphoric “Dreaming” implores us to pursue our passions and conquer self-doubt.
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You have hopes; you have dreams and aspirations. Everybody wants to be somebody in this world — to find fulfillment and purpose, and to make something of themselves. No matter what your goals are, success at anything takes hard work, patience, dedication, and at least a little bit of luck. It can be so easy to give up or change course, but it’s so important that we not let ourselves surrender to insecurity. An inspiring anthem glowing with hope and zeal, VHS Collection’s euphoric “Dreaming” implores us to pursue our passions and conquer self-doubt.

Dreaming - VHS Collection

Dreaming – VHS Collection

The past two years have seen a flurry of releases with messages of self-confidence and self-assurance, and “Dreaming” is easily among the most inspiring to date.

I always knew I had a voice
but only used it when I’m all alone
Am I sinking deep or standing tall
The only thing that kept me going
were the haters that would say
that I could never make it on my own
Maybe one day I could prove ‘em wrong

 

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Dreaming,” VHS Collection’s first single of 2019 and the follow-up to their 2018 debut album Retrofuturism (November 2, 2018). The Brooklyn-based electronic rock trio of Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip, VHS Collection have emerged over the past four years as one of the premier alternative live acts, boasting an artistry that exudes life and energy. Similar to, yet equally distinct from acts like Phoenix, Foster the People, and Smallpools, VHS Collection have amassed a strong following and impressive 50 million+ streams.

A timely release dropped just as the band head out on their Retrofuturism 2019 Tour (with Future Generations, Captain Kidd and flipture), “Dreaming” is an anthemic celebration that revels in seeing our hopes realized and our fantasies become reality. VHS Collection embark on this journey with a warm bed of radiant synths, with sweet melodic riffs immersing us in a fantasia of sound. After establishing his own humble beginnings (I always knew I had a voice but only used it when I’m all alone) and his steadfast dedication (The only thing that kept me going were the haters that would say that I could never make it on my own), Conor Cook and co. explode into a chorus that realizes that once faraway goal:

Don’t wake me up, oh…
I been dreaming, I been dreaming
I been dreaming of this day for a lifetime
I been waiting for this moment since I was young
A thousand light years around the sun
I been dreaming of this day for a lifetime

This is their dream come true.

VHS Collection live © 2018

VHS Collection live © 2018

“‘Dreaming’ is a song about conquering self-doubt,” VHS Collection’s Conor Cook tells Atwood Magazine. “We rented an AirBNB in LA and set up a little home studio for three weeks in November and wrote about 20 songs, this being the first that we’ll release from those sessions. The song does feel in some ways an extension of Retrofuturism. We’re excited to be releasing this one right before our tour starts. We’ll be playing in 24 cities on this tour and will be playing ‘Dreaming’ as part of the set.”

A feelgood romp where the grass is greenest, “Dreaming” has the potential to be the band’s new big hit single, eclipsing songs like “Waiting on the Summer” that earned them so much credence a few years ago. It’s a song of being in the moment, and knowing that you’re in that moment; of taking the time out to recognize that you’ve made it to a place you thought you might never be, and that you got there because of your own dedication, persistence, patience, and so on.

If you catch VHS Collection on tour, you’ll know they’re living their dreams – and maybe they’ll help inspire all of us to pursue our dreams, too. Stream “Dreaming” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and catch VHS Collection on their 2019 Retrofuturism tour (dates and more info below)!

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2019 Tour Dates

2.12 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
2.13 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
2.15 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
2.16 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
2.17 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
2.21 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
2.22 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock @ HOB
2.23 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
2.26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
2.28 – Santa Monica, CA @ Constellation Room
3.1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
3.2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
3.4 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
3.5 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
3.6 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
3.8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
3.9 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
3.13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
3.14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
3.15 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3.16 – Toronto, ON @ Radio @ Adelaide Hall
3.21 – Boston, MA @ Sonia’s
3.22 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
3.23 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
6.23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
tix & more info @ vhscollection.com

Mitch Mosk

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