Ausländer is the much awaited comeback album from seminal Irish indie band Power of Dreams. Thirty-one years since the release of their seminal debut album, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, Ausländer is a vibrant and reflective companion piece to the earlier release; very much informed by songwriter Craig Walker’s Irish roots and years of touring living in England, France and Germany.
Recorded between Berlin, Bath, London and Arizona, Ausländer (the German word for foreigner) bears many of the hallmark sounds of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic bands of the 90s while Walker’s subsequent development as one of Europe’s busiest songsmiths is evidenced throughout.
Featuring original members Craig Walker, Keith Walker, Ian Olney and joined by producer / bassist Erik Alcock (Pink, Celine Dion, Eminem) and on keyboard and mixing duties Ali Staton (Turin Brakes, Snow Patrol, Lightning Seeds, Madonna), Ausländer brings a wealth of musical talent to the table.
“A new studio album was something we had talked about doing over the years but the timing and problems of us all living in different countries, meant it never happened. When everything closed in March 2020, suddenly those hurdles of geography and time no longer mattered. It was a window of opportunity that was too good to pass up. I’d been putting songs to one side over the years, as they were obviously Power of Dreams songs,” said Craig.
Recording the album in such a strange time had an effect on the record too. Drummer Keith Walker inadvertently drove through the BLM riots in Arizona on his way to record ‘America’ the first single, which definitely added an extra edge to his performance.
Since their last album Become Yourself was released in 1995, it might be easy to think the band stopped playing and writing. The opposite is true. Craig has gone on to huge success post Power of Dreams, initially with UK prog band Archive, then collaborations with the likes of Mineral, Booka Shade and Them There, Craig and his partner in Them There, Phoebe Killdeer, had their song Fade Out Lines, reworked by The Avener and was recently classified, six times diamond in France. It was a radio number one in more than 30 countries. Ian is still performing with Sultans of Ping and Keith is playing regularly in Phoenix.
“The reaction from fans has been great since we started releasing the singles last year. ‘America’ and ‘Across The Shannon’ topped the iTunes indie charts, then ‘Hurricane’ was used in the TV show, Made in Chelsea and now “Do It” has been doing really well on radio and the fans love it. We have received numerous messages from lifelong fans of the band thanking us for doing a new album. We believe the new album will satisfy long time followers of the band and hopefully introduce a new audience to our music.”
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Power of Dreams are a Dublin based rock band, built around the vocals and songwriting of Craig Walker.
Power of Dreams released their critically acclaimed first EP A Little Piece of God, on Keith Cullen's London-based Setanta Records in 1989, while Walker was still at school. Following a six-figure bidding war between rival record labels, the band signed a deal with Polydor Records. In December 1989, the British music magazine NME picked Power of Dreams, along with others such as Carter USM and the Charlatans, as their "stars of tomorrow".
Their first album, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, was released in 1990, receiving glowing reviews worldwide. The album was produced by Ray Shulman and sold well in France, Japan, the UK and Ireland. The band then embarked on a world tour as a supporting act for the Mission, taking in more than 30 countries, including Japan and North America. The follow-up album, 2 Hell With Common Sense, was released two years later, produced by Dave Meegan and with a more powerful sound, aided by additional guitarist, Ian Olney (ex-Cypress, Mine!).
Later albums were less successful in the UK and Ireland but the band retained a following, and their major label contract in Japan. The third album, Positivity, was released on Lemon Records in 1993, and further developed the sound introduced on their previous record. Power of Dreams released a last album, Become Yourself, the following year. In 1995, the band backed and recorded with the musician Soichi Taniguchi in Japan before disbanding.
Following the split, Walker and Olney formed Pharmacy with Chris Pierce, and Morty McCarthy from the Sultans of Ping FC. Pharmacy released one single called "Shine" in 1998. Subsequently, Walker recorded three albums with Archive before releasing his first solo album, Siamese, in 2009. Olney formed and performed in a number of bands including Temperance Union, Miracle Retreat, Deer Park and Red Atlas, and has been playing bass guitar for Sultans of Ping since 2005. Walker went on to front Paranoid Saints, the Ex-Kings and the Bollox.
In November 2009, Power of Dreams announced a reformation and tour to promote the 20th anniversary re-release of their first album in March 2010. In December 2010, a further tour of Ireland took place with Sultans of Ping and The Frank and Walters to support the release of a compilation album, 1989: The Best of Power of Dreams, which included a new track. Power of Dreams' most recent gig was as part of "Indie Daze" at London's Forum in September 2014.
In March 2011, Keith Walker announced an amicable departure from the band and has gone on to play with Sister Cities, Being Cool Is Lonely and The Holy Coast. Olney plays with a new band, Cat Meat. Walker continued to perform as Power of Dreams and to work on new material alongside his new project, Mineral, based in Paris. In 2014, The Avener had a chart-topping hit single in several European countries with "Fade Out Lines", a remix of a song written by Walker and Phoebe Killdeer (ex-Nouvelle Vague) for Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws' second album Innerquake, released in 2012.
In December 2011, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me appeared in the book 101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die. In April 2013, the album was in the Irish Independent's top 30 albums of all time.
In 2020, Power of Dreams released two new singles, "America"/"Across the Shannon", and "Hurricane", to promote forthcoming album Aüslander.
In July 2021, Aüslander, their first album in 27 years was released by The state51 Conspiracy and became a new entry on the Official Irish Albums Chart Top 50 when it charted at Number 22 on the chart of 05 August 2021. Ausländer is now available to preorder on vinyl!