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Stone Bridge grad dreaming big, rocking on in Boston

Stone Bridge High School graduate and Berklee College of Music student Sayak Das is making waves with his band, Dreamer & Son. Facebook/Dreamer & Son
The name of ambient rock band Dreamer & Son has a peculiar nuance that perhaps only its frontman Sayak Das fully understands.

The 21-year-old Stone Bridge High School alumnus attributes inspiration for the title to his father, who named him after a Bengali theatre group in hopes that he would one day be an artist and performer.

Das is living up to its vision, along with the members of his Boston-based band, which consists of bassist Jake Sierzega, guitarist Matt Bolton and drummer Josh Parra. Das is lead vocalist, guitarist and writes much of the band's music. All four members attend Berklee College of Music, where Das is a junior.

The band was formed in early 2015 after they convened to record a track together. At the time, some members of the group were already members of a band. At their first rehearsal, as Das describes, the spark was so apparent that they dropped their previous arrangements to start Dreamer & Son.

“I’ve never felt something like I felt the first time we played together,” said Sierzega, an Illinois native. “It was unbelievable.”

Sierzega said Das has a palpable presence in the studio. He’s a natural leader, which accounts for why he “fell into” the frontman role.

“He’s definitely got an alpha personality,” Sierzega said. “He would make an amazing CEO at a company. I think he’s very determined.”

Dreamer & Son’s website describes the group's genre as ambient rock. A careful listen to their first album, “Written Off, Moving On,” which was released last April, would indicate something along these lines. Their sound calls to mind the style of OneRepublic — an acoustic, electric blend meets thunderous vocals and self-reflective lyrics. Often times, these lyrics give voice to the most unpleasant of human emotions like loneliness, contrition, melancholy and anger.

“If these are your wonder years,” Das bellows in “Not One Dry Eye,” a song off the album, “live them until the dream dies.”

These may indeed be the “wonder years” for Das and crew. Last summer, following the release of their debut album, Dreamer & Son toured northeastern United States and parts of Canada, performing in Boston, Vermont, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

“It was amazing,” Das said. “Playing for different people every night is so different from playing for people you know. When we were playing in Boston we were just happy for our friends to come see us perform.”

For Das, performing before large crowds is a long way from his days in high school, where he says he struggled to fit in after entering as a new student just before his junior year.

Still, Das credits a lot of his growth to his time at Stone Bridge, where he learned a valuable lesson: “Be yourself.”

Das said no one was more instrumental to this growth than Stone Bridge band director David Keller, who has seen scores of students come and go in his 17 years as the school’s band director. Keller said few Displayed natural talent at Das’ level.

Das is an all-around musician – not only does he sing and write music, he plays the piano, the violin, the bass guitar, the trumpet and the viola, among others.

“Rarely do you get a student that plays that many that well. We could tell he was very naturally talented,” Keller said. “I’m looking forward to what the future holds for him.”

Dreamer & Son’s first digital album is available for purchase on their website. They plan to release a new track on Valentine’s Day.
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