It was a good few years ago now that I accidentally discovered the amusing comedy film, But I'm A Cheerleader. It's an unusual but funny film which I may cover in more detail here at a later date. However, among its more notable points is the fantastic soundtrack it features. I liked a lot of its songs, but two in particular stuck with me. After a bit of investigation I discovered the band responsible.
|Original lineup, from L-R: Rob, Darren, Tammy, John|
|DB circa 2005, from L-R: Tammy, John, Rob, Craig|
After what must've been a hectic period for them, the band took a little time off before returning in 2005 with their most ambitious offering to date, the darker 'Electrified'. This new album was the first to benefit from the higher production quality of their new big-label studio and has a noticably more 'professional' feel. Whilst expanding upon their new, harder sound, the album was their darkest yet, straying into pop-punk territory at times with songs like "Side 2" and "Call It Even Later" and it ended up being their most critically lauded release to date ("Dressy Bessy are as pure and true as ever"). After a fairly prolific opening few years of their careers, it would be three long years before the next record appeared.
The most recent release from Dressy Bessy was 2008's 'Holler and Stomp', a more eclectic album than their previous ones but no less enjoyable to listen to. With their next album currently underway, the future looks bright for this energetic band, and for Tammy herself whose artistic aspirations extend beyond the musical. Very much the front-person, she has been the principal song writer since the band's third album and has designed all the band's album covers. She is also a keen photographer whose plentiful work is in keeping with her unique, 60's-influenced style. It is Dressy Bessy, named after a 70's Playskool doll, incidentally, that offers the easiest insight into Tammy's creative ways, however, and it is the project she pursues the most enthusiastically.
Dressy Bessy still reside in Denver and are superstars back there, but they have rarely ventured over this side of the pond (although I've been campaigning for a return!). Since the first day I discovered them I've been hooked on their music. Their brand of jangly-guitar-based indie/rock is infectious beyond belief and Tammy's distinctive voice and the effortless energy with which their music flows can put a smile on the face no matter the mood. I'm not sure who it's aimed at and I don't know what their typical fanbase is, but I'm confident it's probably not people like me! But I don't care, quite honestly. After growing up with a record-collecting father, Tammy's musical influences are broad, much like my own, so their style is always evolving. I for one will be watching (or rather listening) for future, no doubt equally interesting and diverse projects with great interest.
Sample "Side 2", the opening track from 'Electrified' thus:
|Dressy Bessy - Side 2 .mp3|
|Found at bee mp3 search engine|