The Dreaming (US band)

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The Dreaming
Etched In Blood, June 24, 2008.jpg
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Industrial Rock, dark wave, hard rock/metal, post-hardcore
Years active 2002 – present
Labels BCD Music Group - USA
Louder Records - Japan
Associated acts Stabbing Westward
Econoline Crush
Shades Of Scar
Neo Geo
Spike 1000
Black Veil Brides
Members Christopher Hall
Johnny Haro
Brent Ashley
Carlton Bost
Past members Martin Kelly
Rich Jazmin
Diego Russo
Jonathan Dyke
Eric Griffin
Nick Quijano
Ryan Seelbach

The Dreaming is an American rock band founded in the Hollywood area in 2002 by Johnny Haro and Christopher Hall, former lead singer of the band Stabbing Westward.


The Dreaming formed in late 2002 after the dissolution of Christopher Hall's former band, Stabbing Westward. Chris and Johnny Haro, who had briefly filled in on drums in Stabbing Westward, took to the studio to record demos for his new project. Enlisting the help of Brian Carlstrom, who engineered Darkest Days, the group began recording.

The group completed their first round of demo songs by February 2003 and made their live debut at The Gig in Hollywood, California. Throughout the following months, the group played several shows in notable Hollywood venues such as Whisky a Go Go, The Gig, and Dragonfly and signed a deal with Andy Gould Management.[1]

Throughout 2004, the group continued to play shows on the west coast, including gigs in California, Washington and Nevada. In July 2004, the group shot a music video for the song "Beautiful.".[2][3] In late 2004, the group re-recorded the track "Beautiful" from The Dreaming EP with famed producer Jay Baumgardner for the soundtrack to the 2005 film Elektra.[4]

Original guitarist Diego Russo would be replaced by former Amen guitarist Jinxx. Winter 2005 saw the digital release of the Bonus Tracks EP, and 2006 followed with Dreamo, an EP that featured Hall and Jinxx re-interpreting four of the group's songs with both acoustic guitar and violin.

In Fall of 2006, the group went on their first national tour, The Congress of Corruption. The Dreaming opened for Godhead, Ill Niño and Ra on this tour. Carlton Bost, joined the line-up in 2007 after his previous band Deadsy went on hiatus. The album Etched in Blood was released on January 31, 2008, through a deal with BCD Music Group.

In promotion of the album, the group embarked on a 3-month headlining tour in early 2008 that took them across the United States. They would then follow up with a co-headlining tour with Flaw in late 2008, and a co-headlining tour with Trust Company in early 2009. Jinxx would leave the group in mid-2009 and later join Black Veil Brides. He was replaced by former American Headcharge-guitarist Nick Quijano in 2011. Bassist Martin Kelly from Living Dead Lights and guitarist Rich Jazmin round out the roster in the Fall of 2011. The second album PUPPET was released on 11/1/11 on EAR/EMI records with the first single "Every Trace" scoring early radio adds weeks before the actual radio add date. After touring during the winter, Nick Quijano was let go and the band became a 4 piece once again.

Since the beginning of 2013, The Dreaming have been busily working on their upcoming and yet to be titled album being released via their new label. Very few details have been let slip about the upcoming album, but count on updates to a few older songs from the earlier days of The Dreaming as well as brand new material. The Dreaming recently mentioned via their Facebook page that the release date for the new album has been pushed to Fall/Winter of 2014 and will be released via Metropolis Records.



Year Title Chart positions
US US Heat. US Ind.
2008 Etched In Blood
  • Released: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Dream Corpse
  • Format: CD, digital download
- - -
2011 Puppet
  • Released: November 1, 2011
  • Label: Epochal, FOF
  • Format: CD, digital download
- - -

Extended Plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
The Dreaming
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD
Bonus Tracks
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital Download
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital Download
Club Re-Mixes
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital Download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Act. Rock

Main. Rock

"Ugly" 2004 The Dreaming
"Every Trace" 2011 35 38 Puppet
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Martin Kelly – bass (2011–2013)
  • Nick Quijano – guitar (2011-2012)
  • Jinxx – guitar (2005–2009)
  • Diego Russo – guitar (2003–2005)
  • Jonathon Dyke – bass (2003–2005)
  • Rich Jazmin – guitar (2009–2010, 2011–2013)


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