Meet the Band: Spencer Hendricks (guitar, piano, and drums), Jack Ellis (bass and lead vocals) and Gavin Sterkel (guitar, backing vocals, and piano)
On the Fast Track: Pipe Dream formed in late 2012 when the guys were still high school students. "We all enjoyed the music we wrote together so we decided to take it to the next level," says Hendricks. "The collective feel of our sound became something that felt right to us and something we wanted to pursue."
Back into the Studio: As far as recording and making music goes, the band puts an emphasis on songwriting rather than polish. "It is easy to go into a studio and make a track that is enormous and full of sound," says Hendricks. "But we like to go in with a fairly definite idea of what we want the end product to sound like and try not to stray too far from it." Their inspiration comes from their own experiences, and they say their biggest influence is "life."
Fun Facts You Should Know about the Band: Ellis is colorblind, and Hendricks is allergic to watermelon. The guys are incredibly addicted to American Dad and good coffee.
Where You should Hear Them: pipedreamofficial.com
Why You Should Hear Them: Hendricks says the band is proud to be part of the Cleveland music scene. "We are so fortunate to have such a talented music scene in Cleveland," he says. "Every local band we have played with has been incredibly hospitable and supportive. Every band has their own unique sound, but to say you are trying to make music that is 'special' is really just a hoax. For instance, the song 'Re:Stacks' by Bon Iver is by no means a special song. But it is special to us in a way that is unexplainable. Music is transcendent and is beautiful because it can be interpreted by everyone in their own way." Pipe Dream's music sounds like a mix between Coldplay, Foo Fighters and the Fray. A great, unpretentious ballad, the title track from last year's The Oak is a mellow, acoustic guitar-driven song that features the sound of children playing in the background and a low-key mix of acoustic guitars and lilting vocals.
Where You Can See Them: Pipe Dream performs with Clubhouse and ShiSho at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at the Grog Shop.