Rock duo Dragon and Berr release third LP album ‘Existential’

Alt-rock married couple Dragon and Berr have released their third official album, “Existential.” The LP features their popular single track, “Just a Hot Mess,” which dropped March 28. Both have been proudly published as independent releases without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Loose Bolt Records record label. Eclectic, passionate, and bone-deep in its genuine rock roots, “Existential” proves Dragon and Berr to be a cornucopia of original sounds sure to capture the attention of music fans everywhere.

Dragon and Berr, whose sophomore LP “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” appeared about one year ago at time of writing, have cited as main influences a broad variety of influences. These include Hall & Oates, Styx, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Wicked Wisdom, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, the CoatHangers, the Ron Keel Band, the Beatles, and Halestorm.

But wait, Hall & Oates beside Panic at the Disco? Aretha Franklin in the same paragraph as Styx? Prince beside Halestorm? This seeming disparity reflects the heart of Dragon and Berr, in fact, who make music they love, not music that plops squarely into a box. This was also apparent on their highly experimental debut record, 2018’s “Psychotic Break.”

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Existential,” Dragon and Berr say it’s a record about relationships. To hear them tell it, though, it’s a good sight more than just that.

The title of the album, ‘Existential,’ is concerned with existence,” they write, “especially human existence. What is more part of being human than relationships?”

This idea is a consistent thread throughout their new LP. They write of it in allusions to tracks on the album:

Every song has some form of relationship theme, be that going out for the first time when you are young and just ‘Livin your Lives,’ Or going out with your wife for a night of ‘Karaoke.’ Sometimes you may be trying to reconnect with a love that you never even told them how you feel. In the album’s case, it happens to be at a high school reunion dance that we hope love blooms. With the song ‘Let Me Turn You On To a New Thing,’ it’s trying to inject something new in an old relationship.”

And of course, D and B hit all kinds of places on the stylistic spectrum.

We pay tribute to some of the ’60s songs we grew up with,” say Dragon and Berr. “We even have a break-up song and sneak a little soul/R&B into our rock with ‘Not My Lady Anymore.’ And not to worry, we do fly our off-beat pop-punk style with a liberal influence of jazz here and there … And if you blink you can miss the big band swing snuck in.”

Ultimately, “Existential” is an album about emotional complexity.

Relationships are all about feelings,” they write. “Sometimes we only think of the basic stuff when we think of a relationship. We don’t always think of maybe not being happy all the time or anxiety or vulnerability, feelings of jealousy, emotional intimacy, outright love and bliss and joy and so many other feelings we should embrace because that is being human. We touch on lots of different palettes of feelings in relationships in this album.”

Existential” by Dragon and Berr on the Loose Bolt Records label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, alt-rock fans.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

 

Existential” by Dragon and Berr –

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Dragon and Berr release new album ‘Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises’

The rock duo known as Dragon and Berr has released their latest official album, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” The album contains 10 original Dragon and Berr tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the corporate industry on the Loose Bolt Records music label. Eclectic, creative, yet accessible to a broad swathe of music fans, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” showcases Dragon and Berr as one of the most intriguing rock music projects of Q2 so far and promises that they have plenty more where that came from.

Dragon and Berr have cited as main artistic influences Hall & Oates, Styx, Fall Out Boy, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, The CoatHangers, The Ron Keel Band, The Beatles, Halestorm, The Soapgirls, The Monkees, Foo Fighters, and local friends Casket Robbery. While it may seem unlikely, Dragon and Berr’s own sound takes elements from each of these for a result which defies comparisons and categories.

Dragon and Berr are quick to describe themselves as “hobbyist musicians,” yet their songwriting and creative methodologies brand them as true sonic craftspersons just as quickly. They’re eager to throw traditional structures away, often blazing trails in startling directions. Songs turn on a dime both internally and away from one another. This track bears obvious jazz influences. That one sounds like Roy Orbison’s grandchild.

We break a lot of so-called rules of what is and isn’t music,” writes Dragon. “It all seems to work out in the end. Music is such fun and is so many things to so many people. What can we say? We are diverse in influences. We’re those folks from left field no one pays much mind. We write for ourselves, first. The fact that more and more people are also enjoying the music and it’s speaking to them in so many ways is a wonderful bonus to this adventure we are on.”

R&B, pop, country, blues … pretty much anything playable with guitar and drums is elementally represented. The effect recalls the avant-garde punk artists of the late 70s. Had Dragon and Berr been part of that scene, they’d likely be remembered today for “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” Come for the rock, poetry and fearless songwriting, stay for the countless colorful surprises from out of nowhere.

Dragon and Berr are Edwin and Donna Millheim respectively, married 1987. Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises,” Dragon writes, “While it covers themes that are challenges in people’s lives, throughout the lyrics and the way it’s all presented, there is a sprinkling of hope and knowing the next day can bring anything. Everything that is presented is all based on things I’ve went through over the past year. Just like the first album had a lot of darkness in it and depression, this 2nd album sees me being dragged back from darkness by family and friends – most of all my wife … Sometimes those challenges make you feel like you can just say forget it, but there’s always that hope that makes you feel like, OK, things will be OK. If there is even that bit of hope, you have to keep going because it may not be as dark as you think.”

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr on the Loose Bolt Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, rock music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr –


https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Full-Switchblades-Promises-Explicit/dp/B07SS74P4C/

Official Facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/DragonAndBerr/