Bluesing up the place

By BRADEN LAMMERS

Dillinger’s is scraping the bluesy grime off of the walls after hosting The Sundresses at the New Albany music venue Friday night.

Despite the sweet and sunny imagery that goes with the band’s name, it is not a reflection of their sound.

It was loud. It was straight-forward. There were no frills. It was an hour of bluesy rock-and-roll.

Photo courtesy of The Sundresses

Photo courtesy of The Sundresses

It was refreshing.

The show fit the small intimate venue. A former home along 203 E. Main Street has been split in half, with a bar to the right, and another small bar next to the equally intimate stage in the left portion of the former home.

When the venue is packed, it may be difficult to see the band as they are only about a foot off the ground. But the only impediment on Friday was peering through the haze of smoke.

The Cincinnati-based trio of Brad Schnittger, J. Remy Springer and Makenzie Place wasted no time after an excruciatingly long sound check and two opening acts of firing off a jam-packed set.

They filled the small room with a hip swinging crunch.

Springer started out as the group’s frontman, as he and Schnittger would trade off every few songs stepping in as the lead guitarist and singer for the group. When one of the musicians would step out front the other would take his turn behind the drum set. Place is the group’s bassist.

When Schnittger was behind the mic, the vibe took on a little bit more of a rockabilly feel –the Epiphone guitar he donned helped tip-off the audience.

That rockabilly swing was on full display in “The Most Evil Thing You Can Do.” The swing song –with a nod to Little Red Riding Hood– was a balanced a dance of subdued rhythms coupled with the fevered escalation of Schnittger’s wails.

While there was a little more melody in Schnittger’s vocals Springer brought the grit and gusto.

There were no elaborations from Springer. His banter when introducing one song was limited to “here’s one,” then thump, thump into the rock-and-roll.

The straight-forward rock performance was showcased during “Hey, Hey” and a new track from the band “Banker’s Blues.”

While the back-and-forth of frontmen could have become a distraction for some groups, it wasn’t for The Sundresses.

Each brought a slightly different flavor to the audience, but were still tied to the same sound.

It’s something that is becoming harder and harder to find. There were no synthesizers, no keyboards, no effects. The Sundresses showcased a guitar, a bass and drums. It was a refreshing reminder of what less can be.

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The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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