Nik Fackler is a talented guy. A few years ago, he directed the film “Lovely, Still,” starring Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks and others.
Right now, he’s busy playing guitar in Icky Blossoms and touring on bass with Tilly and the Wall.
Earlier this week, the Fackler-led band InDreama released its debut album on Team Love Records.
His first form of expression was film, but after “Lovely, Still” was made, Fackler grew restless. He didn’t have time to create new art while he toured around the country to promote the film at festivals.
“I didn’t touch a guitar for forever,” he said. “I thought, ‘I need to write a new screenplay and promote ‘Lovely, Still.’”
A big hole was left and Fackler wanted to fill it with creativity. He brought his laptop and a guitar with him and started recording songs and sounds using the software application GarageBand. He fell in love with songwriting because it was a new and immediate way to express himself. Screenwriting and filmmaking, on the other hand, is a long process.
He began to craft psychadelic rock songs and came up with a world he calls “Dreama.” Visiting that world, which he said is like a state of mind, is very mystical and psychadelic and comes through music.
After he had crafted some songs, and especially an atmospheric feel, he went to Ashley Miller to record the songs and various soundscapes.
The band hasn’t been able to perform often — Fackler’s busy with his other projects, including a documentary about mysticism that was filmed in Africa.
When InDreama does take the stage, it can be a straightforward experience of performing recorded material or the band can improvise a bit and ride out feelings and melodies. Sometimes it feels more punk, sometimes it’s more thrashy or sometimes it’s more psychadelic.
Backed by Dereck Higgins, Sam Martin, Aaron Gum and Craig D, Fackler plans to play most of the songs from the band’s new album as well as the song “Reprogram” during their Saturday show at Slowdown.
“We’re gonna explore every sort of angle of InDreama for this show if we can,” Fackler said.
Moving forward, Fackler’s going to continue with his bands and with making movies.
“Never stop creating. That’s the lesson I’ve learned. I’ve got a mechanism that makes me not stop,” he said. “I need to be making things — writing songs, creating. That’s what I’m on the planet for.”