DREAM AFFAIR first came to fruition in Philadelphia in early 2009, the product of some years of teenage collaboration between Hayden Payne (vocals, guitar, electronics) and Bryan Spoltore (bass). Abby Echiverri (vocals, violin, synth) soon joined the fold after the band’s release of EP All I Want. What’s important in their work is their specifically post-punk sound, often synth laden, always complex and building. This young band’s songs have a definite stark and industrial quality, carefully and interestingly balanced by cascading guitars and penetrating vocals. There is something very civilized happening here.