Q&A with Sara Bertuldo (vocals, guitar, synth)
Where is the name ‘See Through Dresses’ came from?
I had a list going of words that I liked together and See Through Dresses was one of them. I liked how it rolled off the tongue.
Where are you from and how did you meet?
I’m from here but have lived in Missouri and California. Matt and Nate were from Omaha, and Alex is from South Dakota.
Matt and I had been playing in a band before and that band broke up. We didn’t know many drummers at the time and were itching to start things again. We found Nate at a show with his band, The Beat Seekers. They were breaking up and we invited him over that fateful day early summer of 2012 and that’s that. Alex joined the band in 2014, just weeks before we went on our first long tour that was a little over a month. In retrospect, that was a very brave thing to do, we’d only been acquaintances at that point. It was quite a commitment to spend weeks with people you hardly know, but a good, fast way to get to know someone.
When did you start making music as a ‘See Through Dresses’ and how much time it took from the start until the LP was ready?
Actually, Matt had been working on a solo record after our band broke up and he sent me one of his songs while I was on tour. I really loved what I had heard and that set things off for us wanting to do a full band again. The band really started with having Nate over which was June 2012. We played our first show September of that year but didn’t have the record out until November of 2013.
What music do you like to listen / favourite bands and influences
The two big influences for me with this band specifically have been The Cure and Sonic Youth. I loved how noisy, experimental, and dissonant Sonic Youth was, but I also loved the romantic, sometimes dark, sometimes light, and occasionally cheesy pop songs that The Cure wrote. See Through Dresses has been, for me, a marriage of what I like about 80’s and 90’s music.
When I listen to music, it’s usually at work. I make a really long playlist of albums that I’ve been meaning to get into, whether they’re old or new, and listen to it over and over. For older music, I had a big Heart phase (again) and was listening to Dreamboat Annie a bunch. It’s been a personal goal to learn more Nancy Wilson songs. She is such a rad guitarist. I’ve also been into 80’s Fleetwood Mac. Tango in the Night might be my favourite Fleetwood Mac album.
As for new music, I’ve been listening to Life After Youth by Land of Talk. And I really love David Bazan’s new album, too.
The last band/singer that you discovered, loved and in your opinion, people should listen to him/her/them
I’ve been really into this band from Lincoln, Bien Fang. They just released an EP a couple months ago that’s rad called Garbage Island. I love that there are two songwriters involved and dig the sonic shift from song to song. Sometimes it’s sludgey, sometimes it’s pop.
Tell a funny/sad/touching/motivating/whatever story from your life as a musician
Hmm, I’ll probably talk about one of the worst days this band had ever had. It was our second time playing Philadelphia. That tour intended to be around the release of our EP, End of Days. We had found out that we weren’t going to have vinyl for this tour, which was a huge bummer. A friend was going to help make tapes and meet us at our show in Philly. We were desperate to have the tapes, we were playing shows with this new batch of songs and had no way to sell them afterwards. We got a text from him saying he wasn’t able to come through. On top of that, after procuring some refreshments in order to cope with the house show we were about to play, we got a flat tire. We had trouble removing the wheel since a lug was stripped so we called roadside assistance. The person helping us got it off and we discovered the spare didn’t fit. We hitched a ride with our buddies in Spill to a place that sold tires and $400 later, we were loading all of our gear down these tiny steps to play a tiny basement. Two or three songs in, someone interrupts our set to inform us the cops had been called. There’s a photo of me of that exact moment of us hearing the news and I’m smiling. To quote from the documentary, Dig, “If it’s good, it’s fun and if it’s bad, it’s funny.”
Horse of the Other World
See Through Dresses
30 June 2017
- Limited to 200 Opaque Pink & Clear Vinyl LP
- Limited to 300 Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl LP
2. Radiant Boy
3. Pretty Police
4. Light In August
9. Lucy’s Arm
10. Horse of the Other World
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See Through Dresses
Originally released on 30 November 2013 / Reissue out from 30 June 2017
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2. You Get Sick Again
4. No Paris
5. Pink Noise
6. So Long, Charlie
8. Rainbow Jane
9. When Summer Ends
10. Red Cars
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