Emerging out of Hackney, London in late 2013, Dressmaker have gained attention from the likes of NME with their 7 minute long, provocative and fulfilling debut single ‘Skeleton Girl’. Since then, along with regular airplay on XFM, the band has released their four track EP on 23rd June digitally, which is also expected to be released on vinyl by mid July. The Glass EP is not for the faint hearted as it tears through each track with such conviction and ruthless fuzz. Each track takes on its own sonic formation, casting you into a world of atmospheric reverb and texture, all topped off with the eerie tones of vocalist, Charles Potashner’s story telling.
Alongside the sometimes gentle and vulnerable approach on this EP, it will drop into an entirely different dynamic filled with substantial energy and crudeness, which will make you want to cause havoc. This is most apparent on ‘The Future’, which has been described as ‘punkish psych grind’, and is a track that I can’t help but compare to very early Horrors material, with its ruthless energy and ‘wall of noise’ approach.
The Glass EP flows between each track with little effort, amid the third installment ‘We Breathe’ being a welcome installment of more manageable sounds. This track shows off the bands potential with their raw passion and meaningfulness behind each section as it falls between thrashed drums and guitars that could be compared to that of the Savages, to textured sonic layers which momentarily take you away from the mayhem and darkness of the track itself. It seems that Dressmaker are a band who aren’t afraid of pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved within such audacious music, and walk a tight rope of credibility with perfect balance.
Through this collection of tracks, Dressmaker has shown that they are a band worth listening too amongst the constant wash of bland and everyday guitar outfits, by being totally different, yet still commendable. The Glass EP is an honest attempt to alter your mind slightly with its unique blend of post-punk, psychedelic pandemonium.
Words By David Brown @davewillbrown