Dress Rehearsal

Posted by Christopher Rudder

With an undeniable passion for the beautiful art-form that is music, the members of Dress Rehearsal are committed to creating music that will move the listener the same way that they are moved and motivated by the wonderful music that has influenced their lives.

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"Morning Grey" by Dress Rehearsal

The small town of St. Marys, Ontario helped spawn this four-piece ensemble, with twin brothers Sean and Kevin Graham forming "Tiger Zebra" in 2004. After years of song-writing, learning, sculpting and progressing, the Graham brothers released their debut album, "Greens & Honey" on July 9, 2009.

The songs, which are acoustic at their core, draw a sonic and atmospheric feel with their swirling guitars, layered vocal harmonies and versatile drumming. The band has always been proud to draw influence from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Sun Kil Moon, Elliott Smith, Sunny Day Real Estate, Built to Spill, Blind Melon, and Doves. During the hectic months leading up to the release, the band was able to add new members in order to add substance to their live shows. Ryan Watson, also from St. Marys, took the reins playing lead guitar.

The three "Stonetowners" formed the creative back-bone needed to keep the band afloat while it saw a carousel of additional members come and go. After returning from a two year stint in Thailand, Joshua Dorhety joined the band as the bass player in June of 2010. The band has spent the past two years supporting Greens & Honey through relentless gigging, including a highly successful Eastern Canadian tour, and self-promotion.  Dress Rehearsal released a two-song single titled "The Lazy River Road" in early November that sees the first recordings of all four members in studio together. Recorded in Hamilton by Michael Keire (Wildlife, Dark Mean), the band is certainly hoping to turn some heads.  Keep your eyes and ears open.

They'll thank you for it later.

CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You? 

Dress Rehearsal: Fantastic, thank you.

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Dress Rehearsal: We're all very good friends and would be happy to spend most of our days travelling in an RV together.

CR: So...At what point in your life did you know you wanted to pursue a musical career and realize that you had what it takes to succeed in the messed up industry.

Dress Rehearsal: Well we still don't know if we have what it takes to succeed, but the small success we've had are still successes nevertheless, so I guess we've gotten somewhere. We began recording our first album, "Greens & Honey" in March of 2009, and it was around that time that we decided to put our musical endeavours at the forefront, instead of on the back-burner. I was sick of re-recording demos in my bedroom and pretending that I was a songwriting musician. I remember thinking that I'd focus on the music for a year and see what happened....that was very naive. certainly I couldn't stop if I tried, that's what's most fascinating about this messed up industry. Your passion keeps you trying, and you learn to rewire your idea of what successes and failures are.

CR: What experience do you value more and in turn get more personal satisfaction from as an artist? The creative process of making a song from the thoughts, inspirations and and feelings to the writing, producing and/or recording of that song OR performing the the finished track at one of your live shows and feeling/ seeing the crowds positive reaction and love for your musical genius.

Dress Rehearsal: We'd have to say all of the above....every good song takes us through all of these journeys. I love the creative process as being both incredibly therapeutic and rewarding. Songs like "River Blue" and "Morning Grey" went through a lot of changes during their infancy and every time we added something right to them, it's exciting. Even in the studio we tweaked a few things and hearing them for the first time with proper production was amazing. As far as playing live, that's the best part for us, especially when the audience recognizes and appreciates the energy that's put into the how those songs are coming across. 

CR: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artist's you respect and love.

Dress Rehearsal: I just watched a DVD of a Smashing Pumpkins show from 1993 and it might be one of the most inspirational performances I've ever watched. I immediately was reminded of how much I used to worship that band and how they created the love affair I have for music. Our Pumpkins influence is undeniable, and Billy Corgan as a guitar player is about as legendary as they come in my opinion. Elliott Smith influenced me to begin writing music. It was kind of a gloomy place and time, and everything he did just seemed to make sense. I couldn't help but be inspired to put my own thoughts onto a piece of paper and alongside some of the instrumentals I had lying around.

CR: If I stole your iPod/iPhone/iPad or MP3 player...aside from my songs and Rogue Mag’s The Book Of Angels video podcasts what else would i find.

Dress Rehearsal: haha. there's about 10,000 songs on there, so you're bound to find a lot of things...but I'm very happy with my Mark Kozelek (a la Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon) collection, my 90's staples (Pumpkins, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc), my most-listened-to's (Why?, The Wooden Sky, Trail of Dead) and a bunch of sad stuff. 

CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses?

Dress Rehearsal: There's a lot of them! Links: Bandcamp: http://dressrehearsal.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dressrehearsal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/dresssrehearsal
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dresssrehearsal

CR: Cool, on behalf of the Rogue Mag I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!

Dress Rehearsal: Thank you kindly :)