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My God, The Shame!

by The Dress Whites

Exuberant indie-pop from a band that wishes they were The Ramones, but just aren't tough enough.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Liberated Woman Will Destroy Us All
1:45 $0.99
2. Give Up The Ghost
3:49 $0.99
3. Spongecake
3:05 $0.99
4. A Great Assault #8
2:31 $0.99
5. The Whale
3:28 $0.99
6. Blood Work
3:08 $0.99
7. Two Way Street (Doo-Wop)
4:33 $0.99
8. My Date With Andrea Nice
2:38 $0.99
9. Two Times The Hurt
3:42 $0.99
10. Arm The Destination Track
2:53 $0.99
11. Waking Hours
5:38 $0.99
12. O'er The Transom Of The Susan Costant
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Dress Whites began about 3 years ago, with the demise of two of Montreal's most beloved garage-pop bands, The Cains and The Telephones. Musically homeless, various members of these once great pillars of rock decided that rather than starve in solitude, they would unite in harmony.

The Dress Whites fuse the roots of country, folk, punk, rock and soul to create a brand of pop fueled by strange poetics and captivating melodies. Their focus on songwriting above all else allows them to glide effortlessly between styles without having to sacrifice anything in the way of quality. This is pop music the way God intended it: smart, to-the-point and gleefully unapologetic.

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The Montreal Gazette: 4/5

[My God, The Shame] roars out of the speakers with the authority and grace of superior rock 'n' roll. As dense delights like Spongecake and Blood Work begin to creep under your skin after a few playings, you get a sense of what Squeeze might have sounded like with loud guitars, or what Oasis could have done with better melodies and a sense of economy. Whether it's the relatively epic Waking Hours or the four-on-the-floor backbeat of Two Times the Hurt, there's one thing you can count on from this promising quintet - which has, incidentally, relocated to Toronto: hooks that just keep on comin'. Don't miss this one.

NOW Magazine - Toronto: 4/5

It'd be a damn shame if people thought the band recently decided to move from Montreal to Toronto because of a lack of appreciation. Whatever the cause, we can consider ourselves lucky to have this five-piece garage/folk/soul/pop outfit in our midst. Satisfyingly eclectic and intently catchy from start to finish, My God covers plenty of ground without ever sounding unsure of itself. Give Up the Ghost comes off like feisty shout-along pop, and Spongecake nostalgically invokes the garage-rock melodies of old standbys like the Flashing Lights and the Super Friendz. Factor in what could be the album's best moment, the reflective and bittersweet Two Way Street (Doo-Wop) that builds from singer Denis Woods's eager croon into a bouncing revelry replete with heart-on-sleeve backing vocals and the whole package becomes refreshingly steady and endearing.

Absolute Powerpop - Tampa, Fla.

Toronto's (by way of Montreal) The Dress Whites are a band that defies categorization. Blurring the lines between power pop, indie pop, and rock and roll, their debut full-length My God, The Shame! is an instant winner that will appeal to anyone who likes good, tuneful music.

After the instrumental opener "A Liberated Woman Will Destroy Us All" (which along with the closer titled "O'er The Transom of the Susan Constant" might lead you to believe you've stumbled across a Decemberists disc off the titles alone), "Give Up The Ghost" kicks in with an upbeat melody, stacatto guitars and a call-and-response chorus that lets you know you're not in Kansas anymore. "Spongecake" and "A Great Assault #8" are power-popping numbers that recall The Shazam, while "The Whale" and "Blood Work" keep up the pace in a Fountains-of-Wayne-meet-the-Rembrandts way. Meanwhile, "Two Times The Hurt" is a straight-ahead power pop gem that recalls fellow countrymen Sloan.

So get fancy and put on The Dress Whites; there's no shame in enjoying this one.



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