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You May Already Be Dreaming

Author: Suzanne Sanders
04/25/2008 | Southtown Star | www.southtownstar.com | Feature
Most do not think of Omaha, Neb., as the genesis of dreams and escapism. But, upon further consideration, Nebraska does have its own brand of romanticism.

Think of author Willa Cather and the do-it-yourself mentality of the pioneers. And, of course, think of Conor Oberst and his virally acclaimed alter ego and band Bright Eyes.

Now when the Omaha natives in Neva Dinova push the concept of their latest release, "You May Already Be Dreaming," it seems fitting.

The band will perform Thursday night at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

The release has been dubbed as filled with soundscapes.

But the lyrics and the vocals of lead singer and songwriter Jake Bellows - who named the band after his grandmother - are central in the overall moodiness and rural flavor of "You May Already Be Dreaming."

"We want to make people come to a different place, like a dream state" said drummer Roger Lewis, who has also drummed for the Good Life.

"So we try to arrange our music to definitely think of space and things like that so we have room for lyrics and other kinds of instrumentation."

The arrangement, of course, is key, Lewis said.

Bellows writes the songs, then the band members work together to create the right sound.

"We all have our different influences," Lewis said.

"We put those influences all out on the table and make them work together. Sometimes Jake is coming from a Marc Bolan-T.Rex place, and maybe I'm coming from a Pink Floyd space, for example.

"So we see what we have and acknowledge that there are so many different aspects to inspire us to create our own sound."

That eclectic and intricate sound can be hard to re-create live, Lewis said, but the live show is ultimately clearly the big reward.

"Speaking from being on the road, some days you don't really feel like you have it," he said.

"But then you get to a show and start playing, and the audience picks you up. They take you to a different place."

Moreover, Neva Dinova's members love the music.

"I love playing the songs. I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to be part of something so special," Lewis said.

"Then when people are actually reacting to our music, it's even better."