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Dressy Bessy brings Funk-punk from Denver to Vail

Charlie OwenVail, CO, Coloradocowen@vaildaily.com
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Tammy Ealom has always been happy to call Dressy Bessy a rock n roll band. As lead singer, guitarist and sole songwriter of the group, the description just seemed to fit. But on the bands latest tour, Ealom said a fan summed up the bands sound rather nicely: Funk-punk. Given Dressy Bessys influences, which Ealom said include funk icon Prince, R&B group New Edition and rock legends AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd, its really no surprise that Ealom was pleased by the new description of the Denver-based bands sound.Though the band has a simple, catchy sound perfect for radio play, their lyrics convey a stronger message than most throw-away pop songs. Dressy Bessy (Ealom, Rob Greene on bass, John Hill on guitar, Paul Garcia on keys and James Barone on drums) sound like a more friendly version of The Breeders or like The Strokes if they were fronted by Chrissie Hynde.Say goodbye to your mind through no fault of mine, Ealom sings over crunchy guitars and a plucky bassline on Pretty Pleaze from the bands new album HOLLERandSTOMP.

When Dressy Bessy takes the stage at the Sandbar in West Vail Friday night, Ealom said the audience can expect a full blast, in-your-face night of rock.The more you dance, the more we dance, Ealom said.They write some snappy songs, said Dick Dime, manager of the Sandbar in West Vail. They rock … they come off sugary, but theyre dirtier than what you think.Indeed, the band seems like a cute pop band, a false front thats compounded further by the bands look. On any given night, Ealom performs dressed in knee high boots and a brightly patterned dress; she looks more like a member of the Brady Bunch than a rock star. The rest of the band oozes indie-rock coolness, and they should, theyve been playing together (with the exception of a Spinal Tap-esque change in drummers) for 12 years now. Lead-guitarist Hill also plays with The Apples In Stereo, another well-known Denver band.Theyve released six full-length albums and a slew of seven-inch records and EPs. In the process, Ealom has become more confident in her playing, songwriting and singing. The band has become more united, as well. Everyone knows their role and appreciates it and theres more respect, I think, for each other and just what were doing and what weve accomplished than ever before, Ealom said.High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.

What: Dressy Bessy with opening act Pep*SquadWhen: Friday at 8 p.m.Where: The Sandbar in West VailCost: $6 in advance, $8 at the doorMore information: Call 970-476-4314 or http://www.sandbarvail.com


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