Hopmonk Sebastopol Presents: King Dream, Tom Relling Band (album release)
Oct 21, 2022 8:00 pm
HopMonk Sebastopol 230 Petaluma Ave Sebastopol, CA 95472
psych / indy / rock
King Dream is an indie psych-rock project from Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon. With a soulful voice, roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and the discovery, time and again, that somehow there’s still plenty worthy of a love song.
Lyon, a Bay Area native, previously co-founded the folk-rock band Tumbleweed Wanderers, who toured the country for five years before disbanding in 2016. Inspired by songwriters like Jim James, Jonathan Wilson and Blake Mills, Lyon spent the next two years questioning and reinventing himself — and, thanks to his vocal ability and versatility, soon became one of the most in-demand sidemen in the Bay. Playing with different bands, he picked up a few things: new instruments and arrangement techniques; a love of darker textures and moody, atmospheric sounds on electric guitar. And then an invaluable collaborator- producer: Lyon credits Graham Patzner of Whiskerman with helping to shape and carry the new project from idea to reality.
King Dream’s self-titled debut, out now, is a reemergence of sorts. It’s also a good record for a long drive along the coast. It’s about places, relationships and empires crumbling, and the possibilities that announce themselves when the dust has cleared — when you find yourself alone for the first time in a long while, and you open your mouth and see what comes out.
TOM RELLING BAND (album release event)
Sometimes funny and always entertaining, singer-songwriter Eric Long is a Bay Area roots musician and folk singer with deep and lasting ties to early country and blues. NPR’s All Songs Considered hailed his voice as carrying a “…timeless timbre that sounds well-traveled, self-reflective and pure,” while Relix called his last LP “easy to listen to and easy to love.” With 3 solo records under his belt as well as his newly released EP ‘The Kawana Sessions (2022),” Eric has solidified himself as a staple of Northern California’s folk music scene.