Music 'incubator' fosters Bloomington band 

  • Dreamers of the Ghetto, in their Shaking Through promo shot

Dreamers of the Ghetto, a fledgling family band from Bloomington that's drawn attention from labels both local (Roaring Colonel) and not (Brooklyn's Temporary Residence), got some help from some friends in, er, high places this week.

This week's episode of Shaking Through, a web series that gives up-and-coming bands the chance to record a new song in a high-end recording studio, is devoted to Dreamers of the Ghetto, who recorded the song "Heavy Love" during a two-day session at Philadelphia's Miner Street Studios. They were picked for the series, produced by Philadelphia station WXPN and non-profit Weathervane Music, by guest curator Ben Swanson, co-founder of Bloomington indie Secretly Canadian.

In a press release issued by Shaking Through, Dreamers singer and bassist Luke Jones noted that the video chronicles the first time the band embarked on "a legitimate recording project." "Heavy Love" will become the B-side to the band's upcoming seven-inch on Roaring Colonel.

Swanson, who was asked to pick any band that didn't happen to be on Secretly Canadian, chose Dreamers of the Ghetto on the strength of their performance at a basement show in Bloomington. Here's his take on the Shaking Through series, from the same press release: "I think it's an amazing idea. It's great for a band to just be able to go into the studio for 2 days to do one song and have that focus. The way [Shaking Through] is structured is so valuable for a young band because it shows them this other super effective working method for the creative process."

The video for "Heavy Love" is below. Shaking Through also released a bonus video, showing Luke Jones recording his vocals for the song in a single take. We'll follow this story as it develops, by which I mean a profile in the band is the works.

Shaking Through Vol 2 Episode 6 - Dreamers of the Ghetto from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.


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