Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

The Dream Syndicate/Split Squad

When: Fri., Nov. 22, 8:30 p.m. 2013

The Dream Syndicate singer-guitarist Steve Wynn discovered punk rock and garage rock when he was in college. So when he came back home to Los Angeles, he decided to form a band that would combine those two loves. “I had this music in my head that no one else was doing, which was this mixture of punk and garage rock and drone,” he says. “I always said if someone would have been making the music I wanted to hear, I wouldn’t have formed the band. We filled the void for our own amusement.” Sounding like a cross between the Velvet Underground and Television, the band’s 1982 debut, Days of Wine and Roses, resonated with rock critics and fanatics alike. The band would eventually sign with a major label before calling it quits in 1988. “When the band broke up in the first place, it wasn’t because I didn’t like the people or didn’t like the music or didn’t like what we had done," he says. "It was just because I wanted to do other things.” Wynn says he put the band back together so that those who are too young to have heard it in the first place will have a chance to experience it. “When the band was around the first time, we began with a very specific type of music,” he says. “We wanted to grow and evolve and reach new people and see how far we could stretch things. The great thing now is that we don’t need to do any of that. We are a museum piece. We don’t need to be anything but the Dream Syndicate. Every song we play is from 1982 to 1988, and it’s great to do it that way. It gives us great focus and we can use that narrow idea and just blow it apart every night.” (Jeff Niesel)

Price: $22 ADV, $25 DOS

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