dredg Comment On New Album, Reveal More Details For Upcoming “El Cielo” 20th Anniversary Set


Los Gatos, CA’s progressive alternative rock outfit dredg have shared some words on their long anticipated follow-up to their 2011 album “Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy“. The group have been working on that sixth studio effort for some time now and drummer/keyboardist Dino Campanella recently had the following to share of it:

“To me, this album sounds like a more mature incarnation of dredg, which comes from the obvious reason that we are older now, having stepped away from the collective craft for quite some time. This gap in time has given us a newfound appreciation for not only one another, but also for this work of art we’ve created together and have the ability to create indefinitely. Please don’t let the word ‘mature’ deter the reality that dredg continues, in my opinion, to sound as ambitious and far reaching as ever. Our tastes are clearly fine-tuned and there’s no shortage of our classic desire to be weird as fuck.”

A tentative 2023 release is expected. Well ahead of that new album comes a look back at key moments from the band’s past, including the forthcoming 20th anniversary reissue of their major label debut, “El Cielo” Pre-orders for that effort, which will be made available in two special limited-edition box sets, will go on sale this Friday, October 07th at 09:00am PDT via

According to an official press release:

‘Both packages include the original critically acclaimed album remastered as double 12” custom marble swirl printed vinyl with a vinyl-etched track listing, and a 16-page 7” booklet. There will also be various ‘El Cielo‘ merch packages available, as well an extra special ‘Super pack’ collection with includes all of the above plus an autographed cover, wall flag, custom t-shirt and sweatshirt, sticker and magnet pack, and an eye mask (for the amplest dreaming experience). The 16-page 7” booklets contain the album’s original hand-written letters from people who suffered from sleep disorders and their experiences with sleep paralysis, which was part of the inspiration for the album’s music and lyrics.’

Reflecting back on their time creating that record, Campanella offered:

“When we were lucky enough to compose our first major label record, we took full advantage of the opportunity to move to the Palm Springs area, set up shop in a rental home and immerse ourselves in as much creative fuel as possible. The initial scheduled writing period of 2 months turned into 4 or 5 (I cannot remember), but it didn’t matter because we were in route to preparing, what we considered a uniquely special front to back album, meant to be devoured in completion. This methodology of a complete listen is a rarity today, but the records we loved to listen to in this manner will never be forgotten.”

Also arriving later this year from the group will be The dredg Vault. A press release described it as a “large collection of unreleased and newly imagined goods that will be released later this year. While the exact on-sale date and purchasing options are still being planned, THE dredg VAULT was created for the band’s most devoted and longtime supporters. The centerpiece will be a beautiful hardcover 13″x10” 330-page coffee table book encompassing imagery and dredg paraphernalia from the years 1994-2022.’

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