B i o g r a p h y
If Not For Dreaming is an indie alternative rock band from New Haven, CT. With "extremely catchy riffs, addictive melodies, and smart lyrics" according to English music blogger Him Up North, this band writes original songs that are beautifully layered and deeply personal. Their music is fueled by both emotion and a true love of creating songs. With music styles ranging from laid-back to highly energetic, If Not For Dreaming focuses on female vocals and intricate guitars to help shape songs for a wide variety of listeners.
The band is currently at work on their third album while also playing live to support their previous full-length release, "Awake and Asleep". They will be joined on their forthcoming release by additional musicians, contributing further intricacy to their musical arrangements. The songs of If Not For Dreaming can be found on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Women's Radio, just to name a few. They have been given positive reviews by bloggers and critics in the United States, England, Germany, and Ecuador. Professional videos can be found on their YouTube channel.
If Not For Dreaming was formed in fall of 2008 by Pasquale Russo and Amity Wahl, and this duo continues to form the core of the band. Their songwriting grew out of their desire to make songs that reflect their lives and experiences. Bass player Angela Mariano and drummer Hank Dierssen were recently added to the lineup to complete the group's live sound. Brian LaRue of "The New Haven Advocate" concludes that "the songs are composed and arranged with finesse and great attention to both detail and mood setting".