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KINGS & DREAMS (Sweden)
|Peo Pettersson and Dan Bostroem met and became friends in the mid to
late eighties, playing in different bands respectively.
A few years later Peo recorded with LEVITICUS and toured the world as
their lead singer, while Dan played in local rock and AOR bands, mostly
in clubs and churches. They continued during the 90's to play in different
bands and constellations.
In the early 90's, Dan was invited to Peo for a preview of his highly
acclaimed solo debut, "Look what I've started" (co-written with Rod West,
Australia), and they both shared demos of music ideas. But it wasn't until
the turn of the Millenia that the two friends decided to start writing music
From the early 2000's to the present day, both guys have also worked on
their own projects. Peo has continued to produce other artists, release
several solo albums and record with LIMITED EDITION and NOCTURNE
ALLIANCE. Dan has explored the world of progressive metal, jazz and
fusion with local fellow musicians and been writing music for his project
Living a ninety minutes drive apart and working just a few weekends a year,
KINGS & DREAMS began as more of a side project than a band. But soon
Peo and Dan found that their collaboration and songwriting was something
beyond a friendly jam.
At the time Peo recorded everything on tape (something he would late
return to after a decade in the digital jungle). Peo and Dan have written,
mixed and produced the whole album. Most of the material was recorded at
Peo's studio in Gotene in the western countryside, and occasionally in
Dan's studio in Joenkoeping. Trying to migrate into the world of digital
recording, Dan and Peo built their songs initially on guitars, keyboards,
samplings and programmed drums. But after a few years they decided to
throw it away and start afresh with real musicians.
In came drummers Peter Bjoerklund (Jazz drummer / Independent), Petter
Karlsson (THERION, HOLOCOASTER) and Bengan Andersson (Johan
Randen, MACHINE, NIVA, PEO, Lena PH), and excellent bassists Bjoern
Millton (SALT) and Simon Dahlstrom (LAVA ENGINE, BEYOND KNOWN).
With a new solid base to their songs, Peo and Dan re-arranged and
re-recorded what had now become a full length album.
Although both had their roots in blues and hard rock, they've also found
inspiration in classical, jazz, pop, soul, fusion. Never compromising on
melody, KINGS & DREAMS will continue to follow in the footsteps of
JOURNEY, TOTO, ABBA, MR. MISTER, but a bit more hard rock oriented.
In 2011 KINGS & DREAMS released a teaser, a promotion single with two
songs from the upcoming album; the smooth and soulful "It's Been So Long"
and the more mysterious and dreamy rock shuffle "How Can I Go On".
Fellow musicians and producers gave praise and labelled it "World class"
and eagerly awaited more.
And finally, thirteen years after the initial jam session, KINGS & DREAMS
debut album was released. 11 strong songs ranging from pop, soul to hard
rock. Peo, "One of AOR's Best Voices" (Amazon.com review), does most
of the lead vocals, with Dan singing the lead on "In Your Arms", "Mayday"
and "Save My Soul".
The lyrics are thoughtful, honest and deal with relations to life, people and
places and are meant to raise hope and faith in the listener.
What maybe makes KINGS & DREAMS special, aside from good songwriting,
great vocals, great guitar playing and strong melodies, is the "good spiritual
and positive vibe about them" (according to a CD BABY review).
This marks the start of KINGS & DREAMS journey. KINGS & DREAMS is no
more a side project... In the future, Peo and Dan will continue to release
albums and also work with other artists when and if there's time.
(Taken from the official website)
KINGS & DREAMS (POP PRODUCTIONS, KD02, 2014)
E-mail interview with KINGS & DREAMS
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