LA's Dirt Dress have been around since 2007 making spirited punk rock that’s been compared with bands ranging from X to the Modern Lovers to Wire, to name a few—all the while keeping their original spin.
On their upcoming EP, Revelations, they’ve turned from the loud lo-fi sound and raw vocals of their previous records (like 2012’s Donde La Vida No Vale Nada) and towards a cleaner rock and roll sound. The title track is refreshingly sunny, featuring an anthemic vocal melody and surf-tinged guitar. Sprinkled with layered synth and horn sounds, it evokes late 70s no wave while managing to feel strikingly new. The bright mood of the song contrasts cleverly with the lyrics—pleasant harmonies over a simple, major-key chord progression cut it close to lines like “I’ve cut myself so deep I’ve seen my muscles bleed.” It’s apparent that even with the change in sonic direction, Dirt Dress are very effectively maintaining the lyrical and emotive depth we’ve come to expect from them.