“BLEW MY MIND”
Dannel Escallón & Jess Dunlap
April 23, 2014
Sure, you’ve probably heard of a boy named Sue, but what about a girl named Timothy? The distinctive female forename happens to belong to the equally unique singer of Portland-based indie-pop band Dresses. Comprised of Timothy Heller (vocals) and Jared Ryan Maldonado (vocals/guitar), the frock-rock duo have been playing music together since January 2012 and their debut album, Sun Shy, has been one of the most buzzed about records since its release last fall.
Though Heller and Maldonado, both 21, lived only two miles away from each other in Stumptown, it wasn’t until discovering they had a bunch of mutual friends in common online that they decided to connect and try to write music together. “She was coming over one day after school and I was really nervous because I had nothing to work on. I had never written with someone else,” says Maldonado, remembering the first IRL encounter he had with Heller. “As she was actually getting off the bus, I wrote the first few lines of ‘Blew My Mind.’ She came in, I played it for her and she loved it.”
Not only is “Blew My Mind” the first song Dresses ever wrote together, but it’s also the first single off Sun Shy and perfectly summarizes what the band is all about, musically: Sunny melodies and dynamic guitars with a lyrical undercurrent forced by bruised hearts and broken dreams. Heller and Maldonado are able to artfully balance introspection with affection. In fact, writing about love comes easy to the couple, which happens to be dating in real life.
For their video for “Blew My Mind” they retreated to the lush woods of Oregon to film a quirky clip of beautiful cinematography and an endearing dedication. The video starts with Timothy and Jared hanging out. Literally hanging by their necks through the ceiling of a small cabin in the woods. Timothy falls to the ground and quickly takes to stacking whatever she can to get Jared on solid footing so he’s no longer hanging around. The narrative soon shifts to the pair wandering the woods simultaneously searching for a crashed hot air balloon, as well as for each other. This lighthearted clip carries a sincere message and is lifted up by the natural affection the two share for each other, which beams through the lens of the camera.
We’re psyched to be a part of the SideOneDummy Records team once again, helping them to bring you the best of the best. Dresses has been on the road working hard to promote Sun Shy, and we would love to hook you up with a copy for you and your viewers, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch! If you need more info please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo crew at (732)-613-1779 or email us [email protected] . You can also visit www.DressesTheBand.com or www.SideOneDummy.com for more info.