Eyes of a Dreamer and Some Charles Manson, Too

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It's a well-known fact that the majority of band names are gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're working hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

Truth be told, which would probably be a first for this column now that I ponder it, Eyes of a Dreamer is not exactly my cup of tea. I've never really understood the whole progressive-metal screaming into melodic-pop crooning thing, and that's what makes up an awful lot of this band's style. That being said, I can certainly appreciate the passion they obviously bring to their work.

Take the song "Rise," for example. It's full of harsh sharp turns that terrify like an old wooden roller coaster that's been inspected by a regulator in deep personal debt. Its structure is an all over the place, an epic battle of competing lines and key changes that hurl guttural war cries into the air like severed limbs in a melee. Still, I would call the music hopeful. Why else would they open another track, "Vitality," with "We all live in a beautiful world" unless there was a light at the end of their particularly brutal sonic journeys?

But that name...

Eyes of a Dreamer? Dreamers are mad. Who gives a hobbit's hairbrush what a dreamer sees? You know who else liked that phrase? Charlie Manson. He had a song called that, and knowing what he later went on to do makes it one of the eeriest damn things in the world.

I decided to do what I always do in this situation... overreact and accuse the band of glorifying mass murderers. Before that, I demanded the origin of the name from drummer Steven Charles.

"Well, we wanted our name to tell a story that would help the listener know what it's like through our perspective, our struggles, and through our challenges," says Charles. "So hopefully our viewers and listeners get that and relate to it in some way. We all have the potential to think/dream and create that. To us though, we are just kids with a dream that we believe we can achieve. A dream to play our music to the world."

Like I said in the less insane part of the article, there's a definite hope to the music that you get from Eyes of a Dreamer. Riddle me this, though. What Charles just laid down was not all that dissimilar to the sort of things that Manson used to say.

He just dreamed of hearing his music reach the masses. Of course, Manson was hoping that his music would help inspire a race war that would decimate the world and leave him and his family as the sole inheritors of the world, but he didn't put it that way on the recordings. No, he talked about freeing minds, love connections, and as both he and Axl Rose put it, to look at your game, girl.

"Actually the song name and ours was on total coincidence," Charles says. "So no, no connection whatsoever, but Charles Manson as a musician, and a very open-minded individual, I guess its pretty cool in a weird way. Ha ha. He was a very visual person and we can relate to that."

I repeat, dreamers are mad. I'd watch these guys with a close eye if I were you.


Eyes of a Dreamer (n): 1. Hopeful metalcore. 2. Songs of madness masquerading as spirituality. 3. Music for serial killers.

Eyes of a Dreamer plays Saturday, December 29 at Walters with Good Morning Gorgeous, Through Everlast, Indirections, and ManVsMachin.

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