The Dreaming

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The Dreaming 梦 meng, China's first dark rock/gothic band formed by famous hard rock vocalist Dou Wei

Line Up

Vocalist - Dou Wei 窦唯 ex-Black Pather

Drums - Zhao Muyang 赵牧阳 ex-The Breathing, ex-Wolf, ex-Red Army, ex-Overload


1992 - 1994

With his hair now cut short, Dou Wei formed a goth band The Dreaming in 1992. This band was short-lived, released one memorable single, The Ray of Sun. From then on he spent nearly one year working on his debut solo album "Dark Dreams" (1994), which sounds dreamy and surreal. "Dark Dreams" is his first solo effort and was greeted with both critics acclaim and mass recognition. An album heavily influenced by Bauhaus, the Cure, even some Reggae, yet Dou Wei showcased his full musical skill. In this album Dou Wei conveyed his ambition to make experiments on various music styles and materials, and his meditation upon life and human relationship was incarnated into such alternative rock music, in a stream-of-consciousness way. "Dark Dreams" is generally a gloomy, gothic album, as one can notice in tracks like "In The Dark Dream" and Higher Beings. Such murky music reveals Dou Wei's self-consciousness and his reflection on darker sides of human potential. "If we can't make it in reality, let's do it in dreams". Take another song "God Bless" for instance, a cello humming like a sad river flowing, and an acoustic guitar created a melancholy atmosphere, and Dou Wei's amazing ventriloquial drum sound is very original; while another funky, reggae-ish "Oh! Be Good" sounds bright seemingly, in fact it's about the problems of family education and rebellion against parents, but in the end, "Nothing matters at all". Overall, "Dark Dreams" marks Dou Wei's post-punk-gothic era. The "Black Panther I" and "Dark Dreams" are most welcomed by teen-spirit adolescents of all generations, probably because the rhythm and melody in these two albums are quite catchy, and the explicit lyrics are easy to understand. Some radio-friendly songs such as "Don't Break My Heart", "And You" or "Pleasant Phone-Call" weave romantic dreams of young lovers. While in other post-punk songs, some underline messages reflect what they think from the bottom of their heart, to the teen-angst youngsters these songs are buddies and pals aligned to fight against the authority, their parents and teachers, and meet their childish determination of never succumbing to anything. After he did an opening act for Radiohead in Hong Kong (BTW. Radiohead LOVEs Dou Wei's music and once invited him to tour with them, but that didn't happen due to Dou's visa problems).



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