2019 album. Indie rock. Also available on Vinyl.
Denver based indie rock band - and offshoot of The Apples - are launching their new album into the sonic hemisphere, full of electrified and highly poppy tunes, delivered by the smooth and smoky vocals of front woman and vocalist Tammy Ealom. ‘Fast Faster Disaster’ makes it clear that, two decades down the road from the band’s seminal D.I.Y. beginnings, Dressy Bessy’s distinctive song craft remains as sharp and pithy as ever.
The Denver combo’s second Yep Roc release ‘Fast Faster Disaster’s’ dozen new songs affirm Dressy Bessy’s career- long commitment to barbed lyrical insight and effortlessly catchy melodies. “This album comes out 20 years after our first one,” guitarist John Hill says of Dressy Bessy’s second Yep Roc Records release, ‘Fast Faster Disaster’. “We’re better than ever. Tammy’s songwriting and performance are as vital as ever. She’s the genuine article and one of the strongest, most talented women I know.”
“This is the most selfless record I’ve ever written,” asserts front woman Tammy Ealom. “In the past, the bulk of my songwriting was inspired by something or someone who’d pissed me off. Writing a song about it made me feel like I was getting the last word, case closed in my mind.With this album, most songs were written for someone or inspired by something I love.”
Throughout ‘Fast Faster Disaster,’ such engaging new tunes as “It’s Not That Hard,” “Fearless,” “Cheerup Teardrop” and “Stay True” 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,” meanwhile, 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.
Elsewhere on the new collection, the bittersweet “The Real McCoy” pays heartfelt tribute to longtime friend and label mate (Minus Five/Young Fresh Fellows leader) Scott McCaughey, who had suffered a stroke at the time the song was written. John Hill, in his alternate role as a freelance tour coordinator, was actually in San Francisco with McCaughey when he suffered the stroke, and a distressed Tammy Ealom wrote the song while following the details back home. Tammy invited several of McCaughey’s friends and band mates to make guest appearances on the track, including Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows, Fastbacks), Ken Stringfellow (Posies), Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Keith Streng (Fleshtones), and Michael Giblin and Josh Kantor (Split Squad).
Dressy Bessy is led by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Tammy Ealom The band is associated with the Elephant Six Recording Company and shares guitarist John Hill with The Apples in Stereo. Ealom formed the band with drummer Darren Albert and guitarist turned bassist Rob Greene in 1996. Hill joined the band after helping engineer early recordings in 1997. The name was taken from a popular Playskool doll of the 1970s.