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Top 5 albums to inspire an emotive, hearty punk rock, by Tennessee based ROUGH DREAMS

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The dynamic and grunge-infused emo-punk stylings of ROUGH DREAMS continue to move from strength to strength since their signing to 59 X Records last year. The Tennessee quartet balance pacey guitars with gritty vocals and abundant melodic injections, making nods to the likes of Chuck Ragan, The Lawrence Arms and The Menzingers. ‘Disappear. Reappear’ is a heartfelt display of Rough Dreams’ honest and relatable brand of storytelling, combined with big, hooky, anthemic punk rock, and today we’re pleased to give you a footprint of its major inspirations in the form of the band’s first hand top 5 influential records that shaped ‘Disappear. Reappear’.

Drawing on late 90s/early 00s emo and punk, Rough Dreams was conceived in 2018 by guitarist and vocalist Jake Jones. Incorporating nods to shoegaze and grunge, Rough Dreams have developed a cultured and dynamic sonic identity. with the additions of Chris Suggs, Matt Isbell and Paul Lowe, Rough Dreams recruited ex-Swellers vocalist, Nick Diener and Whitechapel guitarist Zach Householder to help engineer what would become the band’s debut EP, 2019’s self-titled ‘Rough Dreams’.

Rough Dreams hit the road hard in support of the debut record and saw their stock rise in multiple regions across the US, boosting their fan base and drawing the attention of Atlanta’s 59 X Records.

2021 singles “Termites Hollow” and “Cursed at The Sun” would follow, with the Knoxville punks taking to the great outdoors for the release of latest video “Desert Ghosts”.

Bringing these and another eight high-energy, passion-fueled anthems to life is new LP ‘Disappear. Reappear.’ out now, on 59 X Records.

Rough Dreams is: Jake Jones – Vocals/Guitar, Chris Suggs – Vocals/Guitar, Matt Isbell – Bass, Paul Lowe – Drums.

Top 5 records that influenced ‘Disappear. Reappear’ by ROUGH DREAMS:

Hot Water Music – ‘Caution’

This album is definitely one of our biggest influences for Disappear. Reappear. Everything from the dual vocals, the arrangements, to the hooks on this album are so infectious. Everyone in the band loves Hot Water Music and this album is definitely their strongest as far as songwriting goes.

HUM ‘You’d Prefer an Astronaut’

This album is basically the blueprint for all of the themes and tones that we set out to achieve with the new album. You’re not going to find a better example of heavy, spacey, well thought out love songs than this stellar 90’s masterpiece by HUM.

Saves The Day ‘Stay What You Are’

Out of all the early 2000’s emo records, this album is by far the best and easily one of our biggest influences for the new album. The hooks and lyrical themes of this album just seem to get better with age and the opening guitar tone on “At Your Funeral” is one of the best sounding chord progressions of that entire decade. This album is flawless.

Smashing Pumpkins ‘Siamese Dream’

There’s not much you can say about this album other than the fact that it’s perfect. The songwriting is perfect. The guitar tones are perfect. This is one of the best alternative rock albums of the 90’s and definitely one of our biggest influences when we were writing songs for the album. You can definitely hear its influence on “Bridge and Tunnel Fires”.

Rancid ‘…And Out Come The Wolves’

At the end of the day, Rough Dreams is and will forever be a punk band. We come from the punk scene and that will always be where our roots are planted. We all agree that “…And Out Come The Wolves” is the best punk album of all time and this band is the perfect example of the fact that you don’t have to be the best musician, vocalist, guitarist, etc. to be a great band. This album is 19 tracks of pure killer songwriting and Rancid will always be an influence for us.

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