The first time I saw indie rockers, Pipe Dream I was intrigued. By the end of their set, I was hooked. Fast forward ten months to last night when I realized I am not the only one drawn to the incredibly emotional music of Jack Ellis (vocals/guitar), Spencer Hendricks (guitar/vocals), and Gavin Sterkel (guitar/vocals). Pipe Dream was billed as the opening band for the show, but the fans gathered in front before they even took the stage.
Beginning their set with the song “Atmosphere” set the crowd cheering as the first note was struck. Hendricks and Sterkel use an extra tom placed front and center on stage to enhance the intros, giving the music a full, symphonic element. Alternately played by Hendricks and Sterkel, the rolling beats are precise and serve to build anticipation of the music to come.
Dual guitars, by Hendricks and Sterkel, play in tandem and then separate to lead and rhythm, adding changing tempos, surprise pauses, and engaging bridges throughout each song. No song is the same, but the signature Pipe Dream sound is instantly recognizable. Listeners swayed back and forth, singing the lyrics along with the artists, who enjoyed each moment with them.
On the surface, Pipe Dream’s tunes appear light hearted and youthful, but there is an underlying seriousness that draws you in and captivates your attention. Ellis performs with passion, giving his all to every song. His candid, emotional delivery is at once poignant and exciting, a voice that compels you to listen and feel what he is feeling. It is not often that the opening band elicits such a strong audience reaction, but after all, it was Pipe Dream. Immediately after the last note , the crowd demanded ‘one more song’ chanting loudly, as the musicians hurried to clear the stage for the next band. Time restraints did not allow an encore, but lucky for us, the new song, “Rapid Eyes” as well as their album, The Oak, is all available on iTunes. And for the fans (like me) who wanted more, Pipe Dream has just announced their first headlining show on June 24 at the Grog Shop. Tickets are on sale now, see you there!