sundressed talk new music
written by: meg
Tempe, Arizona based band Sundressed have had a busy last couple of years. In 2018, they released a split EP with Texas-based Nominee, and last spring, they returned with another new single, “Heart Lie,” featuring Tiny Stills. Fast forward to the summer of 2020, and the band have announced their recent signing to Rude Records, and with that announcement came the release of a brand new single, titled “Home Remedy.”
“Honestly, It just felt like the perfect introduction to the new Sundressed. Some of the lyrics call back to previous releases and I really wanted our listeners to feel like the story was continuing, not just stopping and starting a new one,” vocalist Trevor Hedges says about the release of this new single, “This was actually the last song I wrote for our upcoming record and it kind of ties a lot of the themes of this specific group of songs together. I found myself writing a lot about mental and physical health concerns, as well as financial problems, which a lot of young people are experiencing right now. It’s almost become ‘normal’ to find other remedies for these ailments. So home remedy represents those things that you find that help you get through the day, whether it’s a song, meditation, or a shot of apple cider vinegar, we all have ours and that is okay!”
In addition to the release of “Home Remedy,” the band also premiered its accompanying music video, which gives the viewers a glimpse into the band’s mindset when creating the song and its lyrics.
“The video was basically an accurate depiction of where I was at when I was writing this song, being concerned about a health issue and spending all night googling symptoms and freaking myself out,” he says about the video, “At the end of the video it reveals our new logo. We did that to communicate that we have found a lot of comfort and relief in music.”
“Home Remedy” is the first song off of the band’s next record, due to release sometime later this year on Rude. With this particular album, there was one major change in Sundressed’s songwriting process - the other member’s involvement in creating these songs.
“I had never written with bandmates before this album, so that is definitely the most significant change. Having their influence really made everything feel so cohesive. We’ve been playing together so long that it just felt natural. In the past it’s been more of myself and a producer, so it was really a blast to have these guys join the band and show their talents all over this record!” Trevor says about how the writing process was different this time around, “We all live in different cities, so when we couldn’t meet up, I would send over a basic guitar/melody idea and let AJ build it into a rock song. By the time I wrote ‘Home Remedy,’ we had been doing this for about two years and it was definitely more last minute than the others, however the lyrics came very quickly and it didn’t take long to finish!”
"WE'RE REALLY HOPING TO CONTINUE BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPING EACH OTHER GET BETTER."
The new music seems to follow a similar lyrical pattern as “Home Remedy,” continuing to touch on important topics while still putting a positive spin on it all and showing the listener that things can get better.
“A lot of the songs are about heavy subjects like mental health, addiction, health concerns, debt etc. , but not only about how much those things suck and actually taking the steps to find remedies to get better. Community and family are a big remedy for me and we’re really hoping to continue building a community of people who are helping each other get better.”
Regarding the music, this upcoming record is seemingly going to be more experimental, mixing in various musical elements and genres that the band hasn’t incorporated into songs from their previous releases.
“Having AJ (who also plays in Weatherbox and Future Crooks) definitely opened up my mind to many new sounds. We definitely experimented a lot with guitars and time signatures,” Trevor says about the experimentation and variation in the new material, “I was definitely inspired a lot by artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, All Get Out, and Super American. I also experimented with singing lower and even adding an acoustic song. The whole record sounds a little more rough around the edges than our past releases, yet somehow more put together.”
With the release of this album coming up so soon, what else does Sundressed have in store for the remainder of 2020?
“More videos, a podcast, and of course 300,000,000 shows when it’s safe to do so again!” Trevor says about their future plans.
With a new single out now and a brand new LP and plenty of other content on the horizon, 2020 is shaping up to be another great year for Sundressed.
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