One of the most celebrated bands to come out of the Los Angeles “Paisley Underground” scene of the ’80s, the Dream Syndicate were different than most of their peers. While bands such as the Rain Parade and the Three O’Clock owed a debt to psychedelia, and the Long Ryders and Green on Red were informed in different ways by roots rock, the Dream Syndicate clearly adored the intricate wordplay and edgy energy of ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ era Bob Dylan, as well as the noisy guitars and bracing darkness of the Velvet Underground.
Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn’s initial influences may have been clear, but he was a strong enough songwriter to give the group material that stood on its own, and over the course of their run, the Dream Syndicate took their music in a number of challenging directions. Their first album, ‘The Days of Wine and Roses’ –an exceptional early ‘80s guitar-powered gem- was remastered in full by Fire Records for Record Store Day 2019. This expanded version includes unheard extras and a bonus 7” by 15 Minutes, plus: new interviews with Kendra Smith, producer Chris D., & Paul B. Cutler (who recorded the ‘Down There’ EP), ephemera from the Dennis Duck archives – Lovingly curated by Dream Syndicate archivist Pat Thomas.
“Arguably the finest LP to come out of the Paisley Underground’s salad days.” AllMusic