DUDE YORK

DUDE YORK announce new album 'Falling', out July 26 on Hardly Art. Title track & accompanying video online now.

Seattle trio Dude York have returned with the new full-length Falling, their tribute to adolescent romance and the pop-punk that proliferated on the FM radio wavelengths of yesteryear. To celebrate the announcement, the band has shared a new animated music video for the

album's title track. Falling will be out Friday, July 26th on LP, CD, Digital, and Cassette

via Hardly Art. First-run LP copies come on frosting-colored vinyl. 

The title track is a gleeful ode to new, unexpected love where all the details matter. “We used to like all the same shit/do you think we’d be friends in 2006?” England sings. The track is pure pop gold, with equal parts sweet sentiment and Josie and the Pussycats-soundtrack playfulness. 

 

“I was starting to think/That it would be/When passion lined up with practicality,” England muses on those pesky expectations of love, gleaned from radio

songs and rom-coms. “But I secretly hoped when it happened to me there

would be no doubt/It would feel like falling.” 
  
“There are two ways things can fall,” says Dude York’s Claire England.They can fall and be ruined, or they can fall gently like a feather and be fine.”

 

On ‘Falling’, their second full-length for Hardly Art, the trio explores that sentiment—evoked by the broken cake on the album cover and the soft confetti on the inside sleeve—through impossibly catchy and emotive songs that investigate the ways you can fall in and out of relationships,

and sometimes fall back together. 

Recorded at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco with producer Patrick Brown, Falling finds Dude York sounding bigger and more fully-realised than ever with hits that would feel perfectly

at home sandwiched between Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind in early 2000s alt-rock

radio rotation, while somehow still sounding utterly their own.

 

Peter Richards (guitar) and England (bass) share equal songwriting and lead vocal duties on this record, a significant change from their previous album, 2017’s Sincerely, on which England fronted only two songs. The duality of their songwriting and vocals compliment each other emotionally and sonically, with Andrew Hall’s harmonies and driving drums providing

their own unique character in each song. The collaboration is clear—each part is

carefully crafted, with Richards’ guitar adding texture to the verses and then

soaring into the particularly special kind of guitar solos that make you want

to sing along.

A line of nostalgia runs through the record as the songs investigate the deep ties we have to the pop culture that defined our youth. “I grew up listening to all this pop-punk and

alt-rock that was mostly male-fronted, but I want to fill that hole I saw

by recreating it now for myself,” says England“I’m trying to capture the feeling of the music I listened to when I fell in love with music.”

Falling is tinged with a sense of longing—whether it’s for the beginnings of a relationship, for the way you thought it was going to be, or simply for the version of a former self you think you remember being. “I feel like a lot of the songs that were reference points consciously or unconsciously for this record dealt with everything

very much in black and white, and that really resonates with you

when you’re 14,15,16, 17...” explains Hall“I think people who have

nostalgia for those songs are exploring that grey area a little

bit more.

The delightfully melodramatic “Box” sounds like a lost gem from the NYC early aughts post-punk revival, with Richards’ deep, emotive voice singing playful nods to The Killers and

Dashboard Confessional while sneaking in lines of a fallout that cut deep—

“Now on your own/There’s no one left for you to hide from

behind your phone”—before soaring into the Cure-like chorus 

“I’ll never love again.”

The production on Falling is full of meticulous details and sonic tricks designed to hit that deep teenage place in your heart, whether it’s the dense, chugging guitars or impeccably-placed harmonies.

 

“We all have very different reference points for music and then when we swap them in becomes something totally different,” says Richards. He didn’t

grow up as attached to the radio-friendly emo music that defined the adolescence of the

rest of the band, but when he got into the genre in the past few years decided he

wanted to embrace it in his songwriting, which comes across in the heavy

guitars and dramatic arrangements that shine on songs like “How it Goes.”

Ultimately, the relationship Dude York is really investigating and playing around with is their relationship to music. By playing with tropes of romantic relationships, Dude York created

a record that feels like a love letter to the alternative radio of yesteryear while managing

to stay uniquely singular.

TOUR DATES


05.07.19 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
05.18.19 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
05.22.19 - Fresno, CA - Strummers *
05.23.19 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theater *
05.24.19 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst *
* - w/ The Frights 

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Dude York - "Falling"

Dude York - Falling

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