Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie was interviewed recently by KNAC; he talked about the band's concept going into their current self-titled album, meeting fan expectations, and more.
Says LaBrie about writing Dream Theater, "We started to think about our initial formation and the way that the public had responded to our identity earlier on in our career. But also, with everything that's transpired over the last three years, I think it really gives a band or any artist time to reflect on who they are and really what it is what they want out of what they do. We said, 'Let's just be who we are.' And that is being a band that incorporates progressive elements, metal elements, but really, really focus on the song structuring, and making melodies. I kept saying to everyone from day one that we really need to make it so that the vocal melodies are a priority. Something that people can really sink into and really take with them and whistle."
Of course, the band has a unique set of fan expectations to meet, and LaBrie acknowledges that, saying, "I would say starting an album with 'False Awakening'—there you hit them right over the head with something that's very cinematic, very movie-like. And you're saying to them, 'Yeah, this is one of the key elements of the band is that there's this theatrical or cinematic sense to our music'. And then to hit them up, in the middle of the album with 'Enigma Machine,' an instrumental—we haven't done that in almost a decade. So that's another thing we knew, and know, that our fans have always loved and always appreciated, and have gotten quite thrilled with that being part of an album. And then to end it with an epic, that in itself is just the icing on the cake for as far as what kind of band we are and what we represent musically."
Dream Theater's self-titled album is available everywhere now—grab a copy from the Roadrunner webstore!