Release Date: Jul 26, 2019
Record label: Hardly Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
The Pacific Northwest-based trio Dude York hit the punk-pop jackpot with their 2017 album Sincerely. They added bassist/vocalist Claire England to the lineup, added some punch to their sound, and wrote a batch of songs that hit the sweet spot between heartache and joy, soundtracked by giddy voices and riffy guitars. It was a fine formula and it didn't need to change for them to make another strong record.
There's always been something endearing about just how unabashedly Dude York wear their influences on their collective sleeve. Even surface listens to either of their studio albums proper to date would quickly put you in mind of the giants of alt-rock radio in the nineties and noughties - Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, maybe early Paramore in places - bands who've stayed just the heavy side of pop punk and that had a sharp ear for a hook and an apparently inexhaustible supply of melodies. The Seattle trio remain in that gear with their second album proper; big guitar-pop at fizzing pace is again order of the day.
At their best, Dude York sound drunk with unbridled joy. With two full-length albums, a Christmas record, and a handful of EPs, the Seattle pop-punk band has carved out a spot beside Charly Bliss and Diet Cig, indie rock bands suited for sleepover dance parties. On their third proper album, Falling, the trio loses its individuality in a wash of generic hooks and half-hearted lyrics that only recall contemporaries who did it better.