The Rose Explodes is the lush and percussive sophomore album from Athens, GA psychedelic collective Dream Boat. The band began as a collaboration between Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. Two artists/musicians who were born on the same aquarian day. Together, they bridge several generations of Athens' psychedelic collectives and musical freak families. Page has performed in Hope for Agoldensummer, among other projects for over a decade. Dan, a longtime Elephant 6 collaborator, has penned lyrics for Bear in Heaven, Of Montreal, and Elf Power. With engineer/musician Suny Lyons, Page and Dan weave the sounds of many amazing players, such as Scott Spillane (Neutral Milk Hotel), John Fernandes (The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Andrew Reiger (Elf Power), Claire Campbell (Hope for Agoldensummer), James Husband (Of Montreal), and Kris Deason (Dark Meat, Hot Fudge). On their new album, Dream Boat continues their exploration of heavenly soundscapes, wrapping them around a new, more vibrant intensity. The Rose Explodes is, like the name implies - soft and sensual on the surface, with a seething power just under the skin. With intimate, cosmic energy, themes of sexuality, love, loss, and being lost.
Dream Boat is the music of Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, two artists, musicians and longtime participators in the Athens, GA psychedelic underground. Page (Hope For Agoldensummer, Creepy, Dark Meat) and Dan (Elephant 6 collaborator, who has contributed lyrics for Elf Power, Of Montreal, and most recently Bear in Heaven), have spent years writing and recording music together.