See Through Dresses
Friday, February 16 at 11:00AM Pacific on Audiotree TV
Midwestern alternative rockers See Through Dresses have been experimenting with genre-bending sounds in the studio and on stage since 2013. With their newest record Horse of the Other World, it’s safe to say they have come into their own. As they pass through the Audiotree studio for a live session this Friday, here’s what you need to know about See Through Dresses:
Spanning Genres – Though it’s not necessarily unfair to call See Through Dresses an indie or alternative band, a pass over their three-album discography shows the depth and complexity of their sound. On 2015’s End of Days alone, for example, they pack into a mere six songs a few poppy, mid-tempo shoegaze jams (like “Haircut,” below), a darker, noisier cut with a hectic crescendo on the way out (“Little Apple Rot”), and an acoustic track that almost justifies the Midwestern Saddle Creek stereotype that bands from Omaha are too often subjected to. But as guitarists Sara Bertuldo and Matthew Carroll trade vocal duties, their memorable melodies and common musical threads bring it all together.
Tiny Engines – End of Days was the band’s first release on acclaimed Carolinas-based indie label Tiny Engines, which has put out records from Beach Slang, Tigers Jaw, Signals Midwest, The Hotelier, and many more. Their second Tiny Engines release, Horse of the Other World, dropped in summer 2017 and features more of the layered, broody vibes that have earned them their fair share of The Cure and My Bloody Valentine comparisons. Of course, it’s not without its dreamy melodies and catchy riffs. The fact that recording and production was split between Carroll in the bands’ home studio and Ben Bodin, who has worked with artists like First Aid Kit and Connor Oberst, comes as no surprise given this diversity. Hear the different elements come together on “Lucy’s Arm” below.
Live – At the moment, only a few midwest appearances dot See Through Dresses’ show calendar, but they’re no strangers to touring. Since kicking things off in 2013, they’ve hit the road with the likes of Cursive, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Beach Slang, and, most recently, Charly Bliss. In their travels they have traversed the U.S. and Canada several times over and toured in Europe as well. With a bold set of sounds and an ever-experimental approach to music, See Through Dresses are a treat live. Check out their performance of “Pretty Police,” another track from their latest record, at Little Elephant in Toledo, Ohio for a preview of what you might expect from their upcoming Audiotree session.