The Juliana TheoryShae DeTar

The Juliana Theory To Reimagine Their Past Songs On New Album “A Dream Away”


The Juliana Theory will be releasing their first album in over 15 years this coming March. That effort has been christened “A Dream Away” and finds the band’s duo of Brett Detar and Joshua Fielder largely reimagining various tracks from throughout their catalog. Equal Vision will have the record out on March 26th, while a stream of their reimagined take on “If I Told You This Was Killing Me, Would You Stop?” can be heard below.

The original studio version of that track appeared on the band’s 2000 album “Emotion Is Dead“. The concept for this new outing grew from a love of MTV‘s past ‘Unplugged‘ specials and a 2019 acoustic tour the duo embarked on. Detar commented:

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“When I was a kid I used to wait in anticipation for new episodes of MTV’s ‘Unplugged.’ I loved how artists would sit on stools in an intimate venue and perform their otherwise electrified songs on almost entirely acoustic instruments. At its best, ‘Unplugged’ versions of songs could outshine the ‘official’ versions.”

“It was a very fun challenge to try and honor the pure, creative spirit these songs were originally made with while building upon the acoustic foundation with mellotrons, pianos, glockenspiels, woodwinds, and a healthy dose of strings. I hope that the love and care and time we put into these arrangements shines through.”

Speaking of this new take on “If I Told You This Was Killing Me, Would You Stop?” and how it evolved from the aforementioned acoustic tour, Detar offered:

“Every night we were playing these songs that people knew but they were in a format that we had never done before and that is what was so interesting to me about it. It was really cool to watch the expression on people’s faces when we started our set and they weren’t necessarily sure what song it was just yet and then to see that spark of recognition and excitement when ‘Watch Your Mouth!’ came in. Everyone was singing along by the third word. That tour was the foundation for this record.”

Pre-orders for the album will be launched today, February 22nd, at

Dream Away

01 – “Better Now
02 – “Into The Dark (Reimagined)
03 – “Is Patience Still Waiting? (Reimagined)
04 – “We’re At The Top Of The World (Reimagined)
05 – “If I Told You This Was Killing, Me Would You Stop? (Reimagined)
06 – “Bring It Low (Reimagined)
07 – “Constellation (Reimagined)
08 – “Duane Joseph (Reimagined)