"Mayors of Liberty has grown from a trio to a full eight members and the well-rounded results can be found in the pop/rock gems throughout their album, Dream On." -- Stereo Subversion
"There’s an underlying through line within Dream On of Indie rock, but far from lo-fi, it’s like a smooth bourbon without a burn, absolute hi-fi satisfaction" -- Secretly Important
"Kiss Like the Last Time is a flowing, melodic song with gleaming guitar surrounding singer Kirt Debique’s soulful voice" - The Wall Street Journal
"Dream On is a collection of songs meant to pull on the heartstrings and make us contemplate what we are looking for in this life. It provokes us to ask the question “Do I feel loved?” We all have a desire for connection with people and this album is the answer to all of those who feel they are struggling to reach that sort of happiness." -- In Your Speakers Media
Mayors of Liberty is a Seattle indie rock octet known for its full sound and lush harmonies. Initially formed as an acoustic trio in March 2012, the group grew to its current size after the completion of their debut full length Another Day In The Dream Factory. With their second full-length record, Dream On, the band uses elements of soul, gospel, jazz, and rock n’ roll in a distinct combination that creates a classic feel.
Front man and lyricist Kirt Debique is a voice for those who have experienced loss but maintain a sense of hope. He speaks to those “lonely hearts” who are longing to connect. The process of letting go of the past and embracing the future is hardly linear; it is full of forward strides and plunges back into introspection and doubt. Debique explores this tension in a beautiful and engaging way. The record is an invitation to dream and be vulnerable in spite of life’s uncertainties.
Each song possesses an impressive clarity. The compositions are lush and full without self-indulgence or pretense. The cello and vocal harmonies flutter around Debique as he moves seamlessly through verses to choruses and back again. The rhythm section is precise, the piano wanders gracefully, and Stephen Miller’s intricate guitar work ties everything together.
The often used phrase “dream on” can have a sarcastic and pessimistic intent in its colloquial use, but with this title and record Mayors of Liberty have opened a beautiful discussion about what it means to search for love and friendship. It is tender and open in its approach. The hooks are memorable and stay twisting in your brain long after the record has finished. Similarly, the words continue to mull about in your heart as you go about your day.
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now" -- Goethe by attribution
released 11 February 2014
Mayors of Liberty is Kirt Debique (vocals), Stephen Miller (guitars), Claudio Rochat-Felix (drums), Tim Kennedy (keys), Ian Sheridan (bass), Alex Ho (cello), Jenell Mullin (backing vocals), and Sherri Charleston (backing vocals)
Lyrics by Kirt Debique
Music by Kirt Debique and Stephen Miller
Quartet string arrangements on Adrift, Soft Goodbyes, and If You Leave Me Behind by Alex Ho, and performed by Alex Ho, Brianna Atwell, Karen Halliburton, and Sol Im
Additional backing vocals on Adrift by Benjamin Verdoes
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Toby Wright
Assistant engineer: Chris Rahm
Recorded and mixed at Robert Lang Studios
Mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound
Released on Brick Lane Records
Design and cover art by Jeremiah Whitaker
Photography by Christina Mallet
Mayors of Liberty is a Seattle-based indie rock group founded by singer/songwriter Kirt Debique and guitarist Stephen
Miller. The band also includes drummer Claudio Rochat-Felix, pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Ian Sheridan, cellist Alex Ho, and backup singers Jenell Mullin and Sherri Charleston...more