“(Acoustic Rooster).....four songs that exihibit a quieter, more melodic side of the quartet. "Often Times" opens with a harmonica, of all things, and eventually features Matthias Sampson and bassist Mykk Rankin singing the chorus in folky harmony. Though both Rankin and Sampson add percussion to "Standardized," and guitarist Christian Muccino does plug in, it retains the feel pf an acoustic shuffle, pushed along by Rankin's bass. teh opening "Downpour" could be mistaken for Indigo Girls until the vocal enters. And yet, it never crosses your mind that this is anything but a rock band, because you could almost hear where a kick drum or three electric guitar chords would fit into these arrangements. It's the same feeling you get when listening to acoustic work by notably noisy bands like Pearl Jam or Led Zeppelin. granted it's only a taste of what Liquid Daydream can do, but it's surley sweet enough to entice you into trying more.
“On the fourth full-length album from this quintet from Maine, the lead track "Hide" makes you think a bit of early U2 melded with a toned down Nirvana; ambient alt rock with subtly chunky guitar riffs and dramatic vocals with slight edge. "Fuzzel" is a haunting ballad with a pulsing groove and occasional power ejaculations, while "Dream's Instead" shows an acoustic side with vocals to the nod of Eddie Vedder. Sounding more like they came from the other northern corner of the U.S., but with a very solid feel for songwriting and the ability to pour emotion into their music makes you wonder why more has not been heard of this band yet.”
serge.org - 2002
“.....the band has that same cold and hazy flavor, add the low, almost conversational, tone and well developed lyrics, and you get yourself a sound similar to Seattle but a little harder, more rocky. Now, don't get your cafe alachingada all spilled about, I ain't saying they are clones. Liquid Daydream presents songs with an alternative rock taste that is topped with a caramelized very light country twang. Like a steamy Krispy Kreme donut on a cold winter day. That deep fat fried flavor dripping down my chubby folds. Mm donuts...Anyways, this CD has some very good songs such as "Hide" and "Undone". Some not so good. But the good far out number the lame, thus providing an interesting set for you listening pleasure. The music is enjoyable alternative Seattle-like sound but not from Seattle, more like the snow covered freeways of Minnesota. Good guitar work and the lyrics the produce nice stories and trippy dreams. Don't be surprised if you hear these dudes on the radio soon enough.”
“From A Drift To A Glide is a post-grunge collection of epic proportions. Led by the brooding baritone of lead vocalist Matthias Sampson, Liquid Daydream Bursts at the seams with anthemic guitar-heavy arrangements, muscular musicianship, and melodramtic lyrics. Bassist Mykk Rankin provides nearly all the melodic counterpoints to Sampson's impassioned delivery via upper register lines that are tastefully pushed up in the mix, especially on "Mind Of Their Own." Though the band's ideology leans towards ensemble playing, Muccino's lawless solo on "I'll Stay Here" and the anonymous breaks on "Pat's Blue Rhythm" add a much needed respite from the serious tone of the album. Liquid Daydream has the potential to overtake Creed, Tantric, and Remy Zero in the modern-rock radio sweepstakes if they opt for a little less bombast and tighten the songwriting.”
Amplifier Magazine Online - 2002
“By the name of the band one might think they are one of those watered down rock bands that really don't have any focus or place in the music world. Luckily for them, Liquid Daydream is a band with substance and focus in their music. The songs are a modern rock moody style that is dark and drab at times, and very emotional and inspirational at others. For some reason the band reminds me of Pearl Jam and older Stone Temple Pilots. The music on this album is very good, but the end result is very typical of what one would expect from this genre. That's not a bad thing in this style of music is something you can't get enough of. The lyrics are very well written, and the musicianship stands up well behind everything else. This is definitely an album worth checking out. I wouldn't be surprised to see this band making a dent in the charts one day either.”
The Global Muse - 2002
“Not Drifting: Liquid Daydream releases a new CD.
The new CD is superior to the previous effort in every aspect. The production - by Big Sound Studio guru and Troubles frontman Joe Brien - is masterful. Brien gives Liquid Daydream's music a powerful, full-bodied sound. The songwriting is also better than ever, particulary on standout tracks like "Hide," "Fuzzel," "Undone," and "Mind Of Their Own." Performances are tight and invigorating, both on the hard-rock and acoustic numbers. Although the music occasionally lapses a bit too predictably into the standard modern-rock sound, overall, "...From A Drift To A Glide" is a great record,”
Casco Bay Weekly - Short Cuts
“With 42 original sounds in their repertoire and a sound some believe is a blend of Pearl Jam and the Doors, the four member band Liquid Daydream is building a growing audience in Lincoln County. "The band has a lot of different musical textures and could be as good as anyone on the national scene, and in terms of local bands, they are one of the best in the state." Pat Ginnaty, local musician/guitar instructor.Ginnaty also said the songs Liquid Daydream sings have meaning for Sampson. They don't deal with your usually light subjects. "Unspoken" is about abortion and taking responsibility. "Can't Live it Down" is about domestic violence. The song "Blindfolded World" is about having an attitude, a temper tantrum and not learning how to grow up. "Sunk In The Sun" is about a friend who has left and decided to find his own way and pick a lovely flower and keep it close to his heart.......”
The Lincoln County News
“This is the 4th indie, self-released album from
Matthias Sampson - vocals Christian Muccino - guitars Mykk Rankin - bass Jordan Warsky - drums Jeremy Rankin - percussion
who make Liquid Daydream into a modern rock tour de force. Some mainstream, some alternative, but favoring neither one way or the other. Perhaps the solid guitar structure will remind one of southern rock bands like 38 Special, on tracks like 'Jade' that eases a harmonica through the troubled times. 'Weary and tired on my last leg / out of breath out of state out of my mind. / Gone for the summer, gone for the day, gone for the rest of my life if I don't get away from jade.'
This New England group has been playing all over the place, performing with acts like Rustic Overtones, Twisted Roots, Rotors to Rust, Tripe, Stangefolk and many others. That's the good thing about Liquid Daydream - they can hold their own with any of the might and majesty bands. They've got crust, meat, muscle, fearless ability and .....”
“Life’s but a Liquid Daydream-
Liquid Daydream has been an anomaly in the Portland music scene for nearly a decade. While the quintet’s sound has always had a ‘70’s-rock feel, it’s been hard to classify the group. Liquid Daydream is too traditional to be truly alternative, too focused and song-oriented to be a jam band and too diverse to be considered a metal act (nor does it play loud enough).
The band makes music that crosses all those genres with ease. Though this eclecticism and musical prowess has won it something of a following, Liquid Daydream has yet to become one of southern Maine’s most popular acts.
Its latest album, “…from a drift to a glide” – the first full-length release since 1997’s “Thinking in Circles” – may or may not push the group up a notch in terms of popularity, but it’s clear the band has reached the next level musically.
The new CD is superior to the previous effort in every aspect..................”
Casco Bay Weekly
" THERE IS A PURITY TO THIS ROCK 'N ROLL THAT BELIES A SUPERFICIAL LISTENING. THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE NOT MERELY ARRANGED, THEY ARE ORCHESTRATED. THROUGH VARIED MANIPULATION OF TEXTURES AND TIMBRES, BUT STILL USING THE BANDS BASIC INSTRUMENTATION, LIQUID DAYDREAM HAS ACHIEVED AN INSPIRING AND ARCH WITHIN EACH OF THESE SONGS. EVEN THE ORDER OF THE SONGS ON THE CD FOLLOW THE SAME COHERENT RELATIONSHIP TO EACH OTHER AND STRENGHTENS THE FEELING OF AN OVERALL COHESIVENESS."
“The local group, Liquid Daydream, are finding their music in hot demand, with every weekend booked throughout the summer. The Wiscasset based band plays original rock ‘n roll music, and have written 46 original songs. Liquid Daydream has bookings all over New England and have played as far north as Presque Isle and as far away as Boston and in Vermont.
Three members of the group graduated from Wiscasset High School, Christian Muccino (guitar), Mykk Rankin (bass) and Jordon Warsky (drum). The fourth member, Matthias Sampson (vocal), moved from Las Vegas to Wiscasset in 1990.
The group of four started playing a little together about four years a go, but didn’t get serious until March 1994. The group writes all their own lyrics and music. “We write about things people can relate to,” Matt said. “Our lyrics are real situations, real life experiences,” Mykk said.”
Lincoln County Weekly - 1995
““Liquid Daydream”; Chasing The Words, The Notes And The Dream........
Five young men with a passion for music are responding to a dream. Banded together into the group “Liquid Daydream,” they are funneling their time and energy into creating words, notes, a variety of sound. Their music, they say, is a mix of styles from hard rock to ballads intended to appeal to different tastes.
The group, mad up mostly of Wiscasset High School graduates, was featured during Wiscasset’s Fourth of July activities.
Bill Beasley of Granny Killam’s in Portland, the club that gave “Liquid Daydream” its first paid job this May, said his audience liked the group, which he added was “a lot of fun, with good energy and good stage presence…People (in the club) were having a good time............................”
The Wiscasset Newspaper