reppin: seattle, wa // 2009 - present // sub pop records
sounds like: karaoke with your friends....(see last question)
latest album drop: sincerely (feb, 2017)
featuring: andrew (drums) // claire (bass) // peter (guitar)
The other month I had the treat of sitting down with punk rock trio, Dude York, straight out of Seattle and signed to the legendary Sub-Pop records. Having been rocking out for nearly 10 years at this point, their latest release, Sincerely, is a bouncy rock record that spans the spectrum of the genre. The simple approach, powerful riffs and comfy sound really allow you to reach in and use their tracks as your own motivation. Life sucks sometimes, but there is no way to avoid that. Suck that shit up, roll up your sleeves and prove to yourself that you can handle it. We have our family, our friends and the ability to look within and bring out our highest potential. Music is powerful.
The new record punches you in the face with just about every sliver of rock one can think of...was it a matter of channeling your inner rock or trying to appeal to more of the masses? I really don’t hear a lot of records like this, that span the range like y’all and it kind of gives everyone something to like.
Andrew: That is really cool, thanks man.
Claire: I think from a genre standpoint, it was pretty natural to us. We weren’t exactly going for what you are saying in particular, but it definitely was all of us coming together on this different sounds of rock. It wasn’t on purpose. We got into the studio and we're just trying to write and this is the path we went down.
Peter: I def want to reiterate that, We’re not really interested in any genres, it’s about the songs. There is definitely some intentionally and adventure to it.
Jared (Me): You come together and write and this is what you pooped out kinda.
P: I mean yea, there is a bit more intentionality than that, but pretty much.
J: I did not mean to compare pooping to the writing your record, I’m just weird like that. Experiencing one another and vibing together has gotten you to this point.
P: (Laughs). I am glad you cleared up. The human chemistry element has definitely has dictated the sound more than it is the preferences of the members in the band and what we like.
I really appreciate the attention to detail with you lyrics and focus on what this record means to you, what it’s about. What do you want your fans to get out of it regarding the lyrics, the story?
P: It is a record that is predominately focused on grief, circumventing our recovery conundrum. I think in order to that you have to start by building your own triumphs and simulating that into experiencing victory in the real world. Plan it out and build it for yourself. A lot of these songs kinda channel that, at least the ones I’m singing on.
C: I did write the songs I sing on and it was my first time singing with Dude York, but I like to leave my lyrics open to interpretation more. I think that is a cool thing to push. As time goes on in my life that song can have a different meaning to me and even someone else. You know we all go through changes so I feel like my writing should mimic that to an extent.
A: They kinda covered everything. I really like the fact that songs have the ability to get interpreted in so many different ways. What you necessarily bring to the table is not exactly what is taken away. And then you talk to people what they hear in songs and sometimes you get to go, holy shit, I never thought about it that way, but that is amazing.
C: Sometimes it is even just misheard lyrics are fun too...yea that would have been great!
A: Misheard lyrics are awesome (laughs)
J: (laughs - I always laugh) I always appreciate when musicians leave lyrics open to interpretation and I can’t tell you how many times I’ll listen to a song 10 years later and it will mean something completely different to me. Sometimes those feels constantly change through those 10 years as well.
A: This will make me sounds weird, but speaking of those bands from back in the day, Elvis Costello though, I probably took the most from in high school. Really intense records I did not really understand at the moment for me in Idaho, in the middle of nowhere not having a clue when I was 16 years old. It really wasn’t until later on in life that I finally got it. And it is mostly just a record about alcoholism, but still good and fun and meaner.
I can feel that story not only in the lyrics, but the vocals, the angst, power and even kinda fear to extent...how do you translate that into a live set?
P: Hmmm, recognition and validation. That is how we do it. We build something that hopefully recognizes the audience some way so that they can feel it and also validates it for them.
A: High energy, good catharsis, keep it simple.
C: Ehhh medium simple.
A: As a fan, if you are going to see bands play, those bands have their time to do whatever they want on stage. But I think it is kind of on you to give as much as you can to that fan. We try to give a lot, even if it’s not all the lights and other things that make a show. We will gladly take any lighting fixtures for shows by the way. It is about giving as much as humanly possible and almost trying to force the fan to pay attention.
P: And have fun
J: Hey, that is exactly what I wanted tonight, to get away from real life.
A: Living the “Real World Wicker Park” huh?
J: Yea, it is a tough life out there
A: Especially after you see a ton of bands play and stuff. You are there wanting to keep pushing the shows further and further
P: I worked my favorite venue in Seattle and you’d see the different types of bands perform. You realize the spectrum and what they bring. Sometimes all you need are a few things, less is more, and it is a better show. And also sometimes you can do more with a lot and when it is done right, it is even more pleasing. They know it is entertainment and do not take themselves too seriously. You have to make a relationship with the audience and be aware of it.
I always use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?
A: Like going to karaoke and all of your friends are there and everybody is kind of sad about something, but we are all here to sing songs and get through it. But the karaoke machine is broken. Just get up there and sing. We’ll fix the machine though.
J: I don’t even want to box, but your music makes me wants to get in front of a punching bag. Not because of things are bad, but because I want to get things out.
P: Maybe this is too arrogant, the oldies station in back to the future 2, that is us…we are the greatest hits of every decade! We are like robot DJs.
suggested listening experience: building motivation for anything // outdoor summertime hanging // channeling your anger into something positive