I saw See Through Dresses (from Omaha, Nebraska) at a really great show in August at the Skid Row Garage in York, PA. It was definitely the best show since Pope played there two months before (also reviewed on this site).
This band has songs that have been stuck in my head for weeks. Drag Scene is one such song due to its highly catchy nature. I have also skated while listening to this song many times, so that’s probably another reason it’s been in there.
The first song I ever heard when I checked them out on bandcamp before the show was Haircut. It immediately made me excited for the show because it reminded me of a certain sound heard possibly in bands such as Pavement or maybe Speedy Ortiz. It’s melodic in a way you wouldn’t expect or think is even possible. The bass also plays a prominent role in certain parts, which I love. The effect of having the loud guitars suddenly quiet down or stop altogether to make the bass stand out is something I will always appreciate very much. I also have to mention the song’s beginning or hook. When I heard it live, I got really excited because I recognized it immediately and already loved the song. The muted guitar and the vocals give way to a thunderous explosion that brings the rest of the song with it.
The song Johnny (the chorus in particular) reminds me of Slowdive with its dreamlike vocals. I had one of those instances with this song where I could remember how part of it went from the show, but I didn’t know the name of the song. After finding it, I listened to it many times because of its strangely haunting feel that is somewhat reminiscent of Slowdive’s Machine Gun.
I guess there are too many great songs to talk about, but I also want to say that the vocals on So Long, Charlie are fantastic. The bass and drums really power it forward too and make the almost four and a half minute long song feel like only a minute.
See Through Dresses put on pretty much exactly the kind of show I was hoping for that night. It was an energetic set that kept my head moving without me really needing to think about it, and it also included a Dinosaur Jr. cover.
I’d love to see this band again sometime, and I hope the rest of their tour went well.
I saw Pope this past June at the Skid Row Garage in York, PA, and they pretty much immediately blew my mind.
It was my first time at the garage, and to all of a sudden hear this fucking powerhouse of a band launch into their set in a tiny garage in York was mesmerizing. I think it was the first time I actually felt ‘transported’ at a live show. Sometimes I would regain my self-awareness and notice that I was moving my head uncontrollably to the music, and it felt right.
Everything works with this band. They are extremely tight, and I remember thinking exactly that as I saw them. The riffs are catchy as hell, and the drums back them up with precision and intensity.
The song Red on Known Weed Smoker stands out with powerful vocals and urgent guitar and drums reminiscent of Joy Division. Maybe it’s what would have happened if Ian Curtis and J Mascis had collaborated.
When I saw them, I remember noticing their pedal boards, which play a key role in their sound. The riffs are fuzzed out to the max creating some sort of heavy melodic explosion all while retaining that precision.
One last memory I have from that show is that the guitarist and bassist switched instruments mid set and declared that we had now reached ‘part two’ of the performance. I just found that really impressive especially because there was no noticeable shift in the sound or precision.
This show basically opened up a whole new world for me. I hadn’t really come across this sort of sound before but have since discovered many other bands who share some similarities. They are on the label Community Records (out of New Orleans), which has an abundance of good shit and is very worth checking out.
As I said before, that was my first show at the garage, and it could not have been a better introduction. Hopefully Pope will be back in this area sometime soon to blow more minds.