Mineral to release album
Craig Walker's electronic band, Mineral, are set to release their debut album, Plastic Ekphrastic, on 28 October. It will be preceeded by the single, Serial Monkey, and will feature a version of Power Of Dreams' 2010 song, 1989 (See/hear the Mineral version on YouTube). The album will be one of the first albums to be released on Alan McGee and Cherry Red's new label, 359 Music.
The Holy Coast release single
Keith's Holy Coast has released a new single, Until The End, and you can watch the video here.
The Holy Coast
Check out this video for an insight into Keith Walker's band, The Holy Coast. Alongside Keith are Braden McCall and Brett Davies, and they are based in Phoenix, Arizona. Find out more at their website, theholycoast.com.
John Meagher, journalist and music reviewer for Ireland's Independent, has given his countdown of the top 30 all-time greatest Irish albums. Given the heritage and the fact that he says he hears a new one every week, to be in the top 30 is quite an accolade. These are the albums that in his view have stood the test of time, and Power Of Dreams are proud to be there with Immigrants, Emigrants And Me – a "cocksure debut" with songs that "pack a mighty punch". You can see John Meagher's top 30 list here.
Good To Know will be Power of Dreams new single, and it has already been been aired several times since it's debut on Phantom FM's Richie Ryan show. Listen. (Feb 2013)
The band played The Grand Social in Dublin on Saturday 16 March.
New studio album
In a recent statement, Power of Dreams confirmed they are recording a new album of brand new material.
"Power of Dreams are currently hard at work on what will be our 5th studio album and our first in 19/20 hard to remember how many years lol. It's sounding great and in the meantime we'll be posting demos/snippets/acoustic tracks that may or may not end up on the album. Its great to be back! Love, POD x" (Jan 2013)
Craig's new project
Craig Walker has a new band, an electro-pop ensemble called Mineral. Featuring Craig alongside Thierry Fournié, they are playing at Le Bus Palladium in Paris on 25th October as part of the Mama Festival. You can find music and information on the band's Facebook page. (19/9/12)
Keith's new band
Keith Walker, as well as playing drums for Sister Cities, is also part of Being Cool Is Lonely, a recently formed electronic project in collaboration with his fashion-designer partner, Tiffe Fermaint. They have just released a new single, Bones And Boots, and you can find their music on Soundcloud, and an interview on Phoenix New Times. (2/7/12)
Power Of Dreams reformed in 2010 for a series of successful and popular shows to honour the 20th anniversary of the release of their stunning debut album, Immigrants, Emigrants And Me. They released a best of album later that year, called 1989 – The Best Of Power Of Dreams. Craig Walker continues to work on his solo material and collaborating on various projects. Keith Walker has retired from any further Power Of Dreams activity and focuses on drumming with Sister Cities. Ian Olney continues with Sultans Of Ping. We'll give you more information when we have it. (28/5/12)
Power Of Dreams with Soichi Taniguchi
In 1995, Power Of Dreams performed in Japan with Japanese recording artist, Soichi Taniguchi. To see more videos from this concert, together with an interview with Soichi Taniguchi (in Japanese), please see Pete Cole's YouTube channel. Power Of Dreams are understood to have recorded two albums with Soichi, and if anyone knows anything more about these collaborations, please get in touch with Pete. (2/10/11)
Electric Picnic update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Power Of Dreams are NOT playing at Electric Picnic but Craig will be playing with a full band and it will be a career retrospective set so the bands songs will be played. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. (18/5/11)
Don't forget 1989
Power Of Dreams are working on a new studio album but 1989: The Best Of Power Of Dreams is of course available and features the new song 1989 alongside a remastered collection of, as the Amazon review puts it, "anthemic...ballsy pop gems. It is still hard to believe that the band were still teenagers when their debut album was released in 1990 and why Power of Dreams didn't fill stadiums is still a mystery.". (26/3/11)
Power Of Dreams to play Electric Picnic
Power Of Dreams will be appearing at Ireland's Electric Picnic festival, which takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September. (24/3/11)
Keith Walker has retired from Power Of Dreams
This month, Keith has decided to leave the band. He has said "I would like to thank everyone that had supported POD over the past 23 years. I would like to wish my band mates Craig, Ian and Mick the best of Irish luck with future P.O.D endeavors." (24/3/11)
Brand new album
Power Of Dreams have begun working on a new studio album. This will be their fifth, and first since 1994's Become Yourself. (4/3/11)
Power Of Dreams on RTE 2fm
Power Of Dreams were on Ireland's RTE 2fm, 21 December. Dave Fanning, Jenny Huston and Dan Hegarty featured all three bands of the Reverberation Tour. As well as being interviewed, Power Of Dreams played 1989, Stay and 100 Ways To Kill A Love on Dave Fanning's show and, on Dan Hegarty's show, Still Lost, Cathy's World, There I Go Again and Where Is The Love?
1989: The Best Of Power Of Dreams and tour
The new 13-track collection, 1989: The Best Of Power Of Dreams, has now been scheduled for release on 10th December. It features the brand new track, 1989, alongside twelve of the band's favourite songs spanning their career.
- 1989: The Best Of Power Of Dreams
- 01 – 100 Ways To Kill A Love
02 – The Jokes On Me
03 – Stay
04 – Never Been To Texas
05 – Cancer
06 – There I Go Again
07 – Understand
08 – Happy Game
09 – Cathy's World
10 – Still Lost
11 – Metalscape
12 – Hymn For Him
13 – 1989
"Fantastically potent songs that have lost nothing in the passing of the years" – Irish Independent
"Power Of Dreams have reclaimed their own history in style" – State
"Sheer joy and unconstrained pop vigour" – Heineken Music
The tour of Ireland begins on 23rd in Dublin, featuring the band alongside The Frank And Walters and The Sultans Of Ping.
THE REVERBERATION TOUR: December 23rd – 31st, 2010
POWER OF DREAMS,
THE FRANK AND WALTERS,
THE SULTANS OF PING
Three iconic Irish indie bands of the 90’s are joining forces for what promises to be one of the most exciting tours of the year. The Reverberation Tour is the first time in 15 years that all three bands will play together on the same stage. All three bands achieved massive success in Ireland and internationally and were renowned for their wild, entertaining live performances. In this triple-headed show the bands will alternate nightly and promise to play only the favourites, such as Power of Dreams’ 100 Ways To Kill A Love, The Sultans of Ping’s Where’s Me Jumper? and the Frank and Walters’ After All. It promises to be a night of barnstorming indie classics. (11/9/10)
16th March – Whelans reviews
9th March – Back to Ireland
We are now halfway through our reunion tour and really looking forward to the next leg in Ireland.
As many of the fans are saying, each show is getting better and better, so our Dundalk, Cork and Dublin dates will round off the tour very well. The first of our two Dublin shows is already sold out. To mark the 20th anniversary of 'Immigrants, Emigrants And Me', our set is made up of that album, but we have been throwing in some other songs too. So join us at one of the remaining shows to hear songs that we are enjoying playing again. You can buy tickets from the links on this page.
Reaction to the reunion and shows has been more than we could imagine, and here you can read some of the recent press coverage.
Just published is a great interview by Ken Fallon at cluas.co, the Irish Independent wrote 'Craig re-lives the dream, 20 years on' and there was an article in the Cork Independent, 'Believing in the Power of Dreams'. There has also been coverage in the Mirror and the Sunday Times.
6th March – London sold out as tour begins
Last night the tour began with a sold out show at the Luminaire in London.
3rd March – Last night's radio sessions
For the first time in fifteen years, we played our first public performance last night. We played two sessions with a total of four songs on national radio. They were '100 Ways To Kill A Love' on RTE2FM's Dave Fanning Show; and 'Does It Matter', a Smiths cover 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out', and 'Never Been To Texas' on Dan Hegarty's show.
Radio sessions – Tuesday 2nd March
Power of Dreams take over http://2fm.rte.ie (or try choosing RTE2FM from the list here) tonight, Tuesday 2nd March! We play one song live on the Dave Fanning show at 8.40pm, followed with an interview. After Fanning's show, it is Dan Hegarty from 9pm – 11pm on which we play 3 live songs and an interview... Tune in!!
The 'sonic assault' begins
With rehearsals underway in earnest, this week sees the triumphant return of Power of Dreams. "It's going great! Sounding really, really good. Everyone is getting along great and really excited" – Keith. We will have some photos soon. Things begin on Tuesday 2nd March with a couple of sessions for Ireland's RTE2FM national radio station. Then the live dates begin with a warm-up show at Basingstoke's Karma venue on Thursday 4th. See 'Upcoming Appearances' for the full list and links.
Power of Dreams are in the Top 10
The 20th anniversary release of 'Immigrants, Emigrants and Me' has made the Top 10 in the Irish charts. It is a double CD release containing 34 tracks and therefore fantastic value, but you don't have to go to Tower Records – you can order it from here.
'Immigrants, Emigrants And Me' reissued
The 1990 debut album by Power of Dreams, 'Immigrants, Emigrants And Me' has been reissued as an enhanced 2CD edition. It contains all original album tracks remastered, together with b-sides and rarities from the era. This includes their first ever release, the single 'A Little Piece Of God'. You can order it from 100% Music. The track listing is as follows:
- CD 1 - Immigrants, Emigrants And Me (original album)
- 01 - The Joke's On Me
02 - Talk
03 - Does It Matter?
04 - Much Too Much
05 - Had You Listened
06 - Stay
07 - Never Told You
08 - Bring You Down
09 - Never Been To Texas
10 - Where Is The Love?
11 - Maire I Don't Love You
12 - 100 Ways To Kill A Love
13 - Mother's Eyes
14 - My Average Day
- CD 2 - 20th Anniversary Bonus Release
- 01 - Don't Change
02 - Any Other Day
03 - A Little Piece Of God
04 - Mother's Eyes
05 - My Average Day
06 - Fine Time
07 - Love Her To Death
08 - The Way That I Am
09 - You Make Me Feel
10 - I'm With You
11 - A Little Piece Of God
12 - Cancer
13 - It's A Shame
14 - Hurt
15 - American Dream
16 - Not Enough
17 - Where Is The Love? [Live]
18 - Never Told You [Live]
19 - Break On Through [Live]
20 - Cancer [Claustrophobia Mix]