My band just released our first full length to Bandcamp. I’ve spent hundreds of hours on this thing, please give it a listen, and let me know what ya think! Click on the photo or the link to listen and download it for free!

Dream Sick was formed in November of 2010 at the end of fall, into the beginning of winter, and a lot of the material for the album was written during this period. Jess Matsen (Vocals, Guitar) was working graveyard shifts at the haunted Hotel Congress as a deskman, and hardly saw the sun. Listening to Dream Sick you can hear these dark undertones in almost every song, there is longing for sunlight, for better days. 

On the opening track singer Jess Matsen begins with the line “A positive mind can be hard to find / Deep inside everything you can’t define” and the album ends on the line “Oh, the change is so slow / But then it’s there and gone / before you even know” These two lines, at the two peaks of the album, sum up the two major themes in the album. To be lost in apathetic darkness, and having to struggle to find your way out. 

Dream Sick leads you by your hand into this struggling mind space throughout the album, down into the depths of darkness. The beginning of the album contains 3 of the more catchy songs, the reverb drenched anthem Shine on Shine, the longing introspective Caravel, and the upbeat, nostalgic love song Know Your Heart. The album then takes a turn to paranoia with the next string of songs. Control the Weather, Cyclical Games, and Hold It’s Place are all noisy, crunchy, paranoia inflected songs. Waste Time and Lost Margaritas continue this trend while referencing the stripped down beginnings of the band. 

The album then closes with the strongest trio of songs. Standing All Alone breaks the darkness, with bright guitars and punchy drum and bass lines. Long John, another song that sounds like winter, with a touch of pedal steel guitar, is one of the prettiest on the album. Who You Are finishes the album off with arguably the best song. Singers Jess and John trade off parts as the song builds, shifts and contorts to an epic ending. The last words of the album are sang, guitars drums and bass rise and fall like a raging storm and then the song slowly comes to a halt and ends in white noise. There is a definite sense of closure here, as all the themes of the album are tied into one swirly epic finale. 

Recording this album was not easy for the band, having to scrap and redo multiple versions of songs; all of it being done by them while each of them struggled with their own lives outside of music. All of this is showcased here, the struggle of losing a job, a lost relationship, or just feeling lost in life. The album twists and pulls as you pass through it, but on the other side, you feel slightly better, having had that emotional release.

TONIGHT 03/30/13

The HEAP Collective is happy to announce BAD INFINITY: an endless night of music, art, vintage vendors, video games, screen printing, food, drank, and more!

**BAD INFINITY (metaphysics, philosophy of religion): Hegel’s term for an endless series advancing from one thing to another, like a straight line with no end. It is an infinite series of causes and effects and is separated from the finite. A bad infinity contrasts with true infinity, which is closely associated with the finite, for something that is infinite in one perspective can also be finite in another.


“"MORKKIS” Album Release
“"You’re Alright” Album Release
“San Diego Ghost Shoegaze
``Party Starters

DJs: Altrice, Crystobal, and Sutcliffe!

PLUS a late night *psychedelic cumbia dance party* with


Over 30 local artists
“painting, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, etc.
Desert Vintage clothing installation
Carne and Queso video game release and PRIZE CONTEST
moonflower selling vintage and vinyl
Cairo Clothing 
Found Footage (San Diego)
Zine Exposition
Photo Booth

Doors at 6pm // Music at 8pm

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Get Sick Day- Los Angeles 

#GetSickDay LA ran from sunup to sundown (literally).  Kyle from Golden Saddle Cyclery and I decided to “wing it” a bit and feel out the group.  We knew we wanted to ride a lot of dirt, swim, eat (Kyle’s favorite part) and come home tired.  100+ miles later I was riding the last few miles home in the dark.

 We had a full day of Pedaling, Swimmin’, Sunblock, Sunburns, Snacks, Flats, Lots More Pedaling, Good Food & Buddies!  About 30 people total came out for the ride and 15 did the entire Hot & Spicy Enchilada.  Thank you to Bicycle Coffee for opening up early for us, Mick/Ace for creating the kick Ass Flyer, Jeremy Dunn for coming up with the name (Get Sick Day was originaly going to be called “Fuck Work Day”)  & EVERYONE that helped out for being super awesome. 

Side Note-  Austin looks like they sure had a good time too!  Judging by the looks of the Get Sick Day Hashtag Party it seems like a lot of people all over the world had fun yesterday! Now…Who’s ready for next year!?

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by Dream Sick

We have been working our butt’s off on this album Morkkis since last April. FINALLY a song for you guys to download - for FREE. Give it a listen and please share!

Brand new DREAM SICK song “Fire in the Fields” at 20:30 - TOPAZ R00LZ

Compilation of Tucson bands available as a limited edition Tape or CD here:

Some of our favorite Tucson bands represented on this limited edition Cassette and CD.


Holyhead - Only One’s
Lenguas Largas - Si EsCierto
Otherly Love - Aroma
Sutcliffe Catering Co.- Haraam Carnitas
Lori Lechien & Daniel Lutz - I’m So Depressed (Abner Jay)
Algae & Tentacles - Little Body
Dream Sick - Fire in the Fields
Womb Tomb - That’s Fine
Altrice- Blaze Hub Elite
Stephen Steinbrink- The Punks
Andrew Collberg- Below the Home
Ohioan- No Favorites
Sleep Like Trees - Don’t Tug On That You Never Know What it Might Be Attached To
Jess Matsen- Zoe
Young Hunter- Cities of the Black Mesa

Topaz Records. 2013

Shine On Shine Single. Up now. The first track off of our upcoming 11 track LP. Artwork by Claire Mirocha. Free Download. Let us know what ya think.


Excerpt from our new Bio: 

Dream Sick was formed in November of 2010 at the end of fall, into the beginning of winter, and a lot of the material for the album was written during this period. Jess Matsen (Vocals, Guitar) was working graveyard shifts at the haunted Hotel Congress as a deskman, and hardly saw the sun. Listening to Dream Sick you can hear these dark undertones in almost every song, there is longing for sunlight, for better days.