Sundressed Is Sad (And That's Good)

As 2012 draws to a close, we'll be looking forward to the 2013 and spotlighting 13 Phoenix bands that will be making a mark on the Southwest throughout the new year. This entry comes from Anthony Sandoval, and he's scoping out the bummer pop glory of Sundressed.

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Indie folk band Sundressed is a sad bunch, and that's good. Lead by singer/songwriter Trevor Hedges, the quintet thrives on all of those things that make pop music so endearing; you know, things like heartbreak, rejection, and misery.

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Sundressed pave the way for the hopeless romantics at heart and the unrequited love addicts everywhere with Hedges' often down in the dumps lyrics, which are offset by surprisingly upbeat arrangements. The band released their very promising self-titled five-song EP earlier this year highlighted by the love-story-gone-wrong track, "Golden Boy." Over the course of the five-and-a-half minute track, Hedges' vocals soar effortlessly singing, "If only I could have been warned about you, then I'd known something was impure."

Tyler Kees dazzles as a jangly guitar strummer, while drummer Garrett Tretta and bassist Evan Kees show off their finger-snapping pace keeping. Timely piano touches and harmonica warbles dance around the band's sound that features influences ranging from Conor Oberst to Chuck Berry.

After a productive year, Sundressed has set the stage for a breakout 2013, starting with a full-length record scheduled for release in January. For that perfect balance of playfulness and wistfulness, lament and celebration, somberness and sweetness; keep an ear out for Sundressed.

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