Review: Dream State at Camden Assembly
An energetic finale to Dream State’s UK headlining tour.
Wrapping up the UK tour, the Welsh alt-rock band Dream State, comprising vocalist CJ Gilpin, guitarists Aled Evans and Rhys Wilcox, bassist Danny Rayer and drummer Jamie Lee, came to the Camden Assembly. Founded in 2014, the quintet released one EP, showing influences of post-hardcore and alt-rock, as CJ mixes both very rough and screamed vocals with softer clean vocals. Her range and the very personal, vulnerable lyrics create a unique vibe to the music.
Around 7pm, the doors to the 400-capacity venue at the Camden Assembly were opened, welcoming a rather young audience. First band of the sold-out show was the emotive hardcore band Parting Gift who combine dark, spherical sounds with emotional lyrics. Their whole appearance is mystical and vague. Nonetheless, the crowd seemed to enjoy the vibes and sound of their music. The second band was the alt-rock quartet Chapter And Verse who mix heavy guitars with clean and occasionally screamed vocals. Josh’s vocal range adds a unique feature to the band’s sound. Their energetic sound captured the crowd from the beginning and transferred the energy into the circle pit which Josh himself joined towards the end.
With Dream State entering the stage, the crowd got crazy and the venue burst with energy. Everyone sung the lyrics back to the band and danced along which was highly appreciated by the band. Not only the bands tried to give their best making it a memorable finish, but also the crowd was motivated, resulting in circle pits, jumping and dancing. CJ herself jump into the crowd to crowd-surf before they left. All musicians delivered both a good vocal and instrumental performance. Dream State could not thank the crowd enough and was overwhelmed. They stayed with their fans to take a group picture and to talk. The acoustic at the venue was well balanced, while the lightshow was dark which suited the vibe and ambience of the music. Parting Gift had a mystic and almost haunting vibe during their set, whereas Dream State and Chapter An Verse added more colourful dynamic to their set.
It was a great final gig for Dream State’s UK tour which was not only highly enjoyed by the bands but also by the fans who discharged their energy in a huge circle pit and by singing on the top of their lungs. Everyone seemed to have nice evening and a lot of fun.