"Somewhere Under the Weather" is a group of very eclectic and versatile songs. Like many of the band's favourite albums growing up, the variety of style is simply a product of bridging the emotional gaps between happy and sad. All artists have their reasons for doing what they do, and in this case, every song began as therapeutic escapes during their creation. Singer/Songwriter Kevin Graham's introspective writing style paints a gamut of landscapes that involves strong themes of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and loneliness, but also ones of hope and appreciation. The backdrop is unpredictable, as the songs cover everything from edgy alternative rock to gentle neo-folk.
This is Dress Rehearsal's first full album as a collective group and the result is a real and honest effort. The goal was to present something that, in the words of Elliott Smith, would "show what it's like to be a human."
The band has always been proud to draw influence from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Sun Kil Moon, Elliott Smith, Sunny Day Real Estate, Built to Spill, Blind Melon, and Doves.
What people are saying:
"Laced with their trademark blend of of indie rock, alternative and neo-folk, Dress Rehearsal continues to be one of the best bands we know of. The 13 tracks cycle through heavy rock and jangly dreampop with superb songwriting and musicianship." - Floorshine Zipper Boots
"This album is pretty epic. It’s got uplifting crescendos, It’s loud and strides with a swagger. It’s a very exhilarating group of songs that portrays a band with ambition and sensitivity." - Stagedive Malta
"Fans of Local Natives or Fleet Foxes should take notice." - GTI Music
"Dress Rehearsal are so quietly content and stunningly unassuming, you wish for all the world that they would get all the praise they deserve." - Music Dissection