Watch Dude York cover "Brandy" for The AV Club


VIDEO: Dude York - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"

As part of The AV Club's latest Undercover series--this time featuring contemporary bands covering '70s gems from the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2--Seattle's Dude York offer their take on "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass. Watch Dude York's performance here. Dude York will be participating in the first of our two 10th anniversary concerts at Chop Suey in Seattle on May 18th, and touring the Western United States with seminal emo band The Anniversary in June. See below for a full list of dates.

Dude York's Sincerely is out now. 


05.09.17 – Seattle, WA - The Vera Project %
05.11.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Piranha Shop
05.13.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Comedy Underground
05.13.17 - Portland, OR - St. John's Bizarre &
05.18.17 - Seattle, WA - Hardly Art's First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza at Chop Suey *
06.09.17 – Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge #
06.10.17 – San Diego, CA - The Irenic #
06.11.17 – Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour #
06.13.17 – San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
06.15.17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile #
06.16.17 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
09.01.17 - 09.03.17 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot

% – w/ Charly Bliss
* - w/ Colleen Green, La Luz, Tacocat (emcee)
& - w/ The Thermals

– w/ The Anniversary


"[Dude York] delivers brisk pop-rock melodies with metal flourishes and arena-rock theatrics." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Bands like Dude York, alongside Mitski, Angel Olsen or Hardly Art label mates Tacocat and Chastity Belt, seem like the most likely way forward: rock music that touches on modern concerns, is forthright instead of vague and offers perspectives other than the male gaze." -- The Seattle Times

"A comfort food crunch that’s part after school snack and part drinking buddy." -- Raven Sings the Blues

"The 13 tracks on 
Sincerely, are, in contrast to their booming, brash arrangements, plainly vulnerable, truthful and deal with familiar feelings of quarter-life malaise." -- Paste

"Dude York's pleas for the crowd to move closer are getting increasingly desperate." -- The Onion

"Their most vital music yet...drenched in angst but elevated by the band’s indefatigable energy."  -- City Arts Magazine, Album of the Month

"Sincerely is an absolute ripper." -- The Seattle Weekly


Dude York's Sincerely opens with a blast—the massive opening chords of "Black Jack," a squealing track that blends the swagger of glam with the heavy riffing and ringing hooks of arena rock.  The Seattle-based trio—Peter Richards on guitar and vocals, Claire England on bass and vocals, and Andrew Hall on drums—is announcing itself with an album that couches its themes of anxiety and eroding mental health in rock tracks that amp up the sweetly melodic crunch of powerpop with massive distortion and bashed-to-heck drums. Sincerely is a loud, sweaty rebuke to those moments in life when it seems like nothing's working, a testament to the power of friendship, staring problems directly in the face, and finding solace in art.

Richards, England, and Hall have been through a lot during their four years of playing together, and tracks like the speedy, dark "Paralyzed," the Creedence-echoing "Twin Moons," and the frustrated yet ebullient "Something in The Way" combines lyrics that play on the trio's travails with jumpy, riff-heavy distorto-pop. England handles lead vocal duties on the zinging kiss-off "Tonight" and the slowly grinding "Love Is," the first time she's done so on a Dude York record. "Times Not on My Side," an intimate farewell note sung atop jangling acoustic, caps the album.

A first pass at a home-recorded version of Sincerely led to the band being told that there was "drywall in every piece of [the record]," says Hall, and they had to go back to the drawing board. Longtime Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill producer John Goodmanson and JR Slayer (aka The Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato) helped Dude York craft a record that captured the energy of their live show while finding new ways to expand upon its ideas.

The band’s thoughtful approach to putting together Sincerely's songs echoes the album's overarching themes of almost-punishing inward focus.

"I feel like it's about losing perspective—a spiraling-inward perspective despite what may be ready support networks around you," adds Richards. "It's like, 'I don't need anybody's help. I should be able to do this myself, because it's just, like, living."

Bringing England's straightforward drawl into the mix underscores that idea, and its contrast to Richards' excited yelp heightens the tension on Sincerely, a chaotic, yet ultimately triumphant album that's a vital tonic for these increasingly confused times. 

"Your back's against the wall," says Richards, "so all you can do is fight."