Arizona band Sundressed signed to Animal Style Records at the beginning of this year, and they just released their new album, A Little Less Put Together.
The sound that Sundressed established and experimented with on their 2015 EPs, Dig Up A Miracle and The Same Condition, matured beautifully into A Little Less Put Together. The band’s early 2000s emo/pop-punk influences are more distinct on this record, and create music that would fit comfortably alongside bands like The Starting Line and Motion City Soundtrack. It’s refreshing, and doesn’t feel overdone like a lot of current pop-punk. Their upbeat instrumentals are paired with choruses so catchy that you’ll be singing along on your second listen.
Last year Sundressed put out a split EP with Secret Stuff, and “Autopilot” was my favorite of the band’s two songs on it. They carried it over to this album which I love because it’s one of their best tracks, and shouldn’t be missed. “Limelight,” is one of Trevor Hedges’ greatest vocal performances, and the feature from Charles Barth of Saddles is a natural fit. Despite how cheerful Sundressed is sonically, their lyrics cover heavy subject matter, but that has made Hedges an expert at finding hope in newfound places.
Hedges has been completely transparent about his history of substance abuse, and his now 8 years of sobriety. He most thoroughly articulated his past, and how it led him to playing music, in a post on the band’s Facebook page, so you can read that here. In short, music gave him purpose and a supportive community, both of which he needs to feel okay. Being around bar atmospheres of venues doesn’t bother him because he’s focused on the show. This is yet another example of how important music is, for many people, as a means of coping and living with addiction and mental health struggles. Sundressed is Hedges’ emotional outlet, but he keeps his audience in mind, as he mentioned in his post. There’s always a chance that someone could hear Sundressed’s music or Trevor’s story and be inspired to seek help, so that makes it all the better that there’s always a glimmer of hope to be found in their lyrics.
Aside from “Autopilot,” one of the first songs I heard from the album was the title track, “A Little Less Put Together,” when they played it the last time they were in Portland. The lyrics, ‘I woke up so embarrassed by my lack of progress/I will be alright,’ are just one example of Hedges choosing to believe in himself as opposed to being pessimistic. “A Little Less Put Together” is a great singalong, and so are “Of Course” and “Mill Ave. and Broadway,” so be sure to learn the words, and sing along with Sundressed on tour now and throughout the rest of spring. Check out their most recent list of tour dates here, and keep up with them on social media for any changes that may happen, and new dates to come in the future!