Q&A with Dream Ritual
Dream Ritual is set to release its three-song EP on cassette tape Thursday at The Outland.
Recalling the grunge-driven melodies of the 1990s, Dream Ritual, Springfield-based alt-rock quartet, is set to release its newest cassette tape EP, Summer Promo, this Thursday at The Outland. Singer/guitarist Jason Nunn says the name implies exactly what the three-song EP represents, a promotion with a longer play official release coming soon. “We haven’t released something in a while,” Nunn says. “Those three didn’t make the cut for the bigger release but we still wanted to put them out.”
417: The tracks on Summer Promo are fantastic. How did the band go about making those cuts?
Jason Nunn: We started with around 12 songs. There was a definitive batch of six or seven that fit together well, had a similar vibe. We like these three, but they didn’t fit together [with the others] quite as well. Between practices one week, we had everybody make their ideal tracklists for a longer EP and a promo. Everybody came back with pretty much the exact same list.
417: If Dream Ritual could co-headline with any band in history at any venue, what band would it be and where?
Nunn: That’s really hard. This might not be everybody else’s choice [in the band], but I’m going to have to say either The Beatles or Nirvana. The venue is so hard. For me, Red Rocks is a bucket list venue or The Fillmore in San Francisco.
417: You’ve had several roles in several musical projects touching just about all genres. What bands/albums got the most play when you were younger?
Nunn: It was all different periods of music, but it all kind of started with heavy rock music, so what I’m doing now is kind of a return to form. Nirvana, White Stripes, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, stuff like that. Then I got into reggae music, which is what got me into rap music. Everything’s connected.
A band like Gorillaz was really huge for me because they did a lot of different things well. Their first record had a Brit-pop song, but also “Clint Eastwood.”
417: You played in and promoted shows in high school and now you work for Gillioz Theatre. Where did you find the drive for the music industry?
Nunn: When I was growing up I liked music a lot, but was really into sports. I was always okay but never particularly good at\ sports. My mom suggested I start playing guitar around the same time, and got deeper into music. I focused the energy I was putting into sports, and put it into music.
Playing a show had the same feeling of adrenaline as playing basketball, but also sharing something you made yourself. I sort of fell in love with that feeling.
417: If you could choose only one Springfield dish, what would it be?
Nunn: I’m going to have to go with the cashew chicken combo from China Star. I’ve been eating that since I was a little kid.