NEW DRESS, THE: Where Our Failures Are: CD

Mixing folk tones and punk attitude is ground that is being well treaded now, but that’s no reason to roundly embrace or dismiss a band. It’s just in the water. The New Dress, thankfully, have poetic tongues, where the reduction to two voices and two instruments distills down to a confident beauty and defiance. At times, reminding me of Against Me!s acoustic numbers (where the hell did that anthem come from? They’re just strumming), Whiskey & Co. (haunted voices, washed in sorrow and resolve), covering Billy Bragg (socialist workers unite), and the seduction of a band doing what they do exactly right. All of that made me a new fan.

 –todd (Red Leader)