Sundress: “California Dames”
Denton, Texas is a long way from California, but you’d never guess that with Sundress. The North Texas band made a splash last year with their self-titled debut EP, a collection of sunny psych-rock that came just as the state was reaching record highs for 2011′s summer. Their languid sounds sparked interest locally and statewide, eventually gathering enough momentum to reach some nationally-minded ears. The Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne counts himself a Sundress fan, as do tour mates White Denim, Tame Impala, and Washed Out.
The band’s fast rise belies its age. The members that make up the two-year-old Sundress are barely removed from college and still working temporary jobs, but that may soon change. They recently signed with the management firm Gold Mountain Entertainment, which boasts acts like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, and Beck as current and former clients. Given the group’s sound, it makes sense they completed a big West Coast tour earlier in the year. They’re going about their career the old-fashioned way; indeed, gigs across the nation and label showcases point for bigger things to come.
Though they have yet to release a full-length, Sundress just let loose “California Dames” as the A-side to a new vinyl single. It shows the band moving in a more pop-friendly direction, but that suits them just fine. With songs like these, Sundress could turn any town into its own sunshine paradise.