Sundressed, Northbound

Real Rock Club Presents:



Hey Thanks!, Kawaii AF

Thu, June 7, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


“We’re all in this weird world together” is a perfectly suited mantra to describe Phoenix,
Arizona’s Sundressed. The quote, from vocalist and songwriter Trevor Hedges’ description of
the message behind his own lyrics, is hopeful and unifying – and thoroughly summarizes the
Sundressed was initially created, in part, to help vocalist & songwriter Trevor Hedges
maintain sobriety. Years later, the calm of a sober life has allowed Hedges to take his struggles
and successes and refocus them to a broader scope. What’s truly remarkable is that he’s
managed to achieve this without straying away from his signature mixture of self-deprecation
and eager determination. What’s left is an uplifting take on the heavier aspects of life, inspiring
hope without treading into trite or conceived territory.
The past two years have been monumentally prolific for Sundressed, releasing two EPs
and a split with Nashville’s Secret Stuff in rapid succession between April 2015 and July 2016.
Now, the five-piece outfit has readied their first full-length record, “A Little Less Put Together.”
The LP, full of syrupy, yet poignant pop-punk songs wrought with massive hooks and stark
lyrical honesty, is a must-listen for fans of Saves the Day, The Starting Line, & Transit. The
uptempo bounciness and complex vocal melodies of “Mill Ave and Broadway” call back to mid-
era Relient K, while the melancholy, synth-tinged “A Little Less Put Together” shows the band
taking influence from Motion City Soundtrack. Ultimately, “A Little Less Put Together” is a
perfect windows-down- on-a- warm-spring- day kind of record – capable of tugging at heart
strings, but also demanding singalong after singalong with its huge, addictive choruses.
“A Little Less Put Together” was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Curtis
Douglas (The Maine), and will be out in March 2017 via Animal Style Records.
Hey Thanks!
Hey Thanks!
Hey Thanks! is a pop punk band from the heart of Cajun country: Lafayette, Louisiana. Growing up in the boot state means being constantly bombarded with swamp pop and zydeco music. This caused the boys of Hey Thanks! to flock to alternative music at an early age, such as Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41 and New Found Glory just to name a few. Trevor (drums), Joe (rhythm guitar), Jaron (lead guitar), and Alex (bass) were all best friends throughout high school. Even though they were all in different bands, they spent weekends together writing ironic songs and playing Yu-Gi-Oh (yes the card game…don’t laugh). The four boys left their small town of Lockport, Louisiana and moved to Lafayette to attend college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In September of 2015, they met up with Travis (vocals) who had just recently left his former band. Not only did they guys love Travis' vocal style from the instant they heard it, they also loved how perfectly his personality gelled with all of them.
The boys soon had songs flowing out of them naturally and, before they knew it, had a full album written. They wrote songs that saluted the greats of pop punk that they all grew up idolizing, but also incorporate modern elements of the genre from bands like State Champs and The Story So Far. Wanting to start off the new year strong, Hey Thanks! put out their self-released first full length album “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” on January 29th, 2016. According to Sound, Phrase & Fury, the album, “boasts a heavy dose of addicting catchy tunes reminiscent of early Handguns and The Wonder Years.” To support the album the band started playing live shows, which have been described as “a tightly-clenched fist of punchy pop-punk” by The Vermillion newspaper. After a busy 6 months, the band won the Ernie Ball Play Warped Tour contest and were invited to open up the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour when it passed through New Orleans in July of 2016. Hey Thanks! is currently spending some quality time in the pop punk kitchen cooking up a new record to be released in 2017.
Kawaii AF
Kawaii AF
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115