Dude York is what good rock music is all about: squealing guitars, strutting bass lines, manic drum beats, glam-alicious vocals, pop hooks and a whole lot of energy fueled by angst and desire. The Seattle band's newest album, Sincerely, has all those elements plus the added benefit of sounding as genuine as the album title promises.
On the anthemic "Life Worth Living Part II," guitarist Peter Richards seems to switch back and forth between the cynical and the romantic, first singing, "People told me life's worth living, but I'm not believing what I can't see," and then turning it into a love song when he sings, "I can tell from the glass in your eyes somethin' ain't right / I can tell from the love in your look, that you're lookin' for love / Look my way."
Richards shares vocal duties with bassist Claire England, whose swaggering style reminds me of Crimson Sweet's Polly Watson. "Love Is," a love song about people and things that are bad for you but you can't resist them anyway, is one of the album's best tracks. There's a whole lot of feeling on Sincerely, and there's nothing manufactured about it.
Dude York plays KBGA's 21st Birthday Bash at Monk's Sat., Sept. 9, at 9 PM, along with Magpies, Go Hibiki and Shahs. $7.