“Black Jack” by Dude York

Dude York’s forthcoming release Sincerely, comes out on February 24th via Hardly Art. The lead single”Black Jack,” is described as a squealing track that blends the swagger of glam with the heavy riffing and ringing hooks of arena rock. The Seattle band is comprised of Peter Richards on guitar and vocals, Claire England on bass and vocals, and Andrew Hall on drums.

Richards, England, and Hall have been through a lot during their four years of playing together, and tracks like the speedy, dark “Paralyzed,” the Creedence-echoing “Twin Moons,” and the frustrated yet ebullient “Something in The Way” combines lyrics that play on the trio’s travails with jumpy, riff-heavy distorto-pop. England handles lead vocal duties on the zinging kiss-off “Tonight” and the slowly grinding “Love Is,” the first time she’s done so on a Dude York record. “Times Not on My Side,” an intimate farewell note sung atop jangling acoustic, caps the album.

A first pass at a home-recorded version of Sincerely led to the band being told that there was “drywall in every piece of [the record],” says Hall, and they had to go back to the drawing board. Longtime Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill producer John Goodmanson and JR Slayer (aka The Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato) helped Dude York craft a record that captured the energy of their live show while finding new ways to expand upon its ideas.

“I feel like it’s about losing perspective—a spiraling-inward perspective despite what may be ready support networks around you,” adds Richards. “It’s like, ‘I don’t need anybody’s help. I should be able to do this myself, because it’s just, like, living.”

Dude York
Sincerely
CD/LP/CS/digital
February 24, 2017

01. Black Jack [mp3]
02. The Way I Feel
03. Something in the Way
04. Life Worth Living
05. Sincerely I
06. Tonight
07. Paralyzed
08. Giving Up
09. Bit Saloon
10. Sincerely II
11. Love Is
12. Twin Moons
13. Time’s Not on My Side

TOUR DATES:

11.17.16 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident * (SOLD OUT)
02.23.17 – Seattle, WA – Record release show at Chop Suey (ALL-AGES) (tix)