Dude York photo by Eleanor Petry

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the singer and bassist of an FM power punk trio from Seattle called Dude York.

Full of heady Buzzcocks style love sick yearning, Heavenly-esque introspection and Rival Schools style chords, it’s like bubblegum pop with a heady aftertaste, and with a new album “Falling” out on 26 July via Hardly Art, we’re pleased to welcome to these pages, Claire England!

Recorded at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco with producer Patrick Brown, it’s hard not to fall for the winningly winsome “Falling”. Dude York are kind of like those times when you catch a sitcom like “The Holiday” on the gogglebox and even though you’ve seen it a hundred or more times you still end up watching until the end and then feeling both cloyingly comforted and secretly disgusted with yourself for five minutes, before finding “Love Actually” on the other side and watching that too.

Except this has Superchunk style guitars and bouncing riffs in it instead of Jude Law/Cameron Diaz. Check out this sickly sweet yet destroyed cake as a similarly convenient metaphor! (also the cover of the Dude York album obvs).

But what song does Claire England think is totally sweet? Without further ado, here’s Claire’s “song for ewe”…

“Dolour – Iceland

Dolour was one my favorite local bands in high school, and I hadn’t listened to this album in years but it came to mind as something I love that maybe not many people outside Seattle in the early 2000’s have heard.

They put out 3 great, pure pop albums from 2001 to 2004 but the first one I heard and has a special place in my heart is “Suburbiac” and “Iceland” is one of my favorite songs on it. It starts strong with a Titanic reference, so that always tracks with me.

Shane Tutmarc was the creative force behind Dolour, and fun fact about him: his great grandfather invented the electric bass! So I have to thank him for that. Another fun fact: he worked at the record store two blocks from my school for a while and I would buy CDs from him and be way too embarrassed to tell him I liked his music.”


Dude York “Falling” is out on Hardly Art on 26 July…check it below.



And here’s some Stateside tour dates:

05.07.19 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
05.18.19 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey *
05.22.19 – Fresno, CA – Strummers *
05.23.19 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater *
05.24.19 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst *
* – w/ The Frights