Denver-based indie rock band Dressy Bessy—Tammy Ealom, John McDowell Hill and Craig Gilbert—who create “teeth-eroding pop” (SPIN) are set to release Fast Faster Disaster on June 14. Their seventh studio album, and second for Yep Roc Records, comes as the band celebrates their 20th anniversary as “pioneers of the fuzzy, buzzy lo-fi rock” (Cleveland.com). Westword premieres the official video for “Stay True” (watch/share), the album’s first single today.
In support of the album, the band kicks off a seven-date run supporting Filthy Friends beginning May 17, at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA. Two Denver release shows are planned June 14-15 at the legendary Lion’s Lair with Potty Mouth. More dates will be announced soon.
Produced and engineered by Ealom and Hill and recorded at their home studio, the 12-track set features engaging new tunes like “It’s Not That Hard,” “Fearless,” “Cheer Up Teardrop” and “Stay True” that reflect on universal emotional foibles with the same pointed insight that Ealom has brought to her lyrics since the band’s early days as iconoclastic indie pop darlings.
“Tiny Lil’ Robots” and “Sweet Medicine” were inspired by Tammy’s relationship with her daughter, while “Mon Cheri” was sparked by the emotions that accompanied the sudden death of Dressy Bessy’s original bass player Rob Greene in January 2018. Also on the new collection, the bittersweet “The Real McCoy” pays heartfelt tribute to longtime friend and label mate (The Minus Five/Young Fresh Fellows leader) Scott McCaughey, who had suffered a stroke at the time the song was written.
“I think this is our best album yet,” Tammy assesses. “There’s an undeniable sense of honesty and freedom to it, lyrically and sonically, and it came with a humbling ease. We pay close attention to current events, including politics, and have been profoundly impacted by the recent climate. There’s nothing like the threat of losing your basic freedoms and realizing the fragility of democracy to open up your eyes and pull you out of your personal bubble. More than ever, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of family, friends and community.”
Dressy Bessy have released six studio albums –Pink Hearts Yellow Moons (1999), SoundGoRound (2002), Dressy Bessy (2003), Electrified (2005), Holler and Stomp (2008) and KINGSIZED (2016)—Additionally, California EP (2000), Little Music (singles compilation, 2003), various compilations and singles.
DRESSY BESSY TOUR DATES
May 17 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA*
May 18 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA*
May 19 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
May 20 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC*
May 21 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA*
May 23 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
May 24 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY*
June 13 – Downtown Artery – Fort Collins, CO+
June 14-15 – Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO+
*w/ Filthy Friends
+w/ Potty Mouth
Fast Faster Disaster Tracklisting:
1. It’s Not That Hard
2. I’ve Fallen in Love
4. Tiny Lil Robots
5. Cheer Up Teardrop
6. Stay True
7. Mon Chéri
8. Sweet Medicine
10. What It Is
11. The Real McCoy
12. What Do I Get?
The album is now available for pre-order.