A good friend tipped me off to the Denton-based band Sundress last week. I got my hands on their debut EP, which is due to be released next month, and I've listened to it every day since. The progression unsuspecting listener to bona fide Sundress fan from went something like this:
first listen: Yeah, this sounds okay.
second listen: Man, this band kind of jams.
third listen: I really dig this. What the hell was I thinking on first listen?
fourth listen: I should probably stop listening long enough to blog about this.
Sundress formed in Denton in 2010. The band is comprised of lead singer and guitarist Ryan McAdams, bassist Drew McCary, and guitarist Kennon Talley, with Jim Harrington on keys and Brack Cantrell on drums. Their new 6-song EP shows some range by leading off with a bit of folk and pop, but the crux is when those soaring guitars pop up and the band unveils their affection for the psychedelic, space rock, and shoegaze. Sundress possesses a big sound influenced by the likes of Slowdive, Pink Floyd, and Sparklehorse, with maybe just a touch of Primal Scream here and there. Rough Trade likened it to a "blissed out Spiritualized or a spaced out Radiohead."
Here's one from the new EP, available August 16, 2011:
Since their inception, Sundress has made appearances at a number of Texas festivals, including SXSW, Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, and NX35 in Denton. The band was nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award for Best New Band, and has opened for the likes of Washed Out, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mister Heavenly, Tame Impala, Sleepy Sun and many more. Keep an eye on them at the links below: