A Resurrection of Vintage Seattle Rock Acts @ Tractor Tavern

Student Nurse + Red Dress

: Red Dress

Saturday, Aug 20 7:30 pm

Student Nurse and Red Dress were indicative of the diversity of the Seattle music scene in the early 1980s. Student Nurse leaned toward the new wave end of the spectrum, as the angular, edgy pop of their first single made clear (Lies/Disco Dog). They also threw in some political commentary (Discover Your Feet is about the importance of walking during an energy crisisa sentiment still relevant today). Red Dress twisted and unhinged approach to R&B drew inevitable comparisons to Captain Beefheart, all taut rhythms and jagged edges with lead vocalist Gary Minkler wailing something crazy like Bob is a robot! or I like to eat my mouses raw! on top.

Both bands had also been defunct until recently, coming together again to promote their recent albums. Student Nurses Think for Yourself: Seattle Tour 1979-1984 is a career-spanning retrospective of mostly previously unreleased material; A Blue Begonia, by Red Dress, features new work, more tempered than the raucousness of the past, with the title track in particular having an insinuating charm. As both bands regularly shared stages back in the day, its natural theyd pair up once again, and who knows how long this revival will last (future shows are unconfirmed at present). Whiting Tennis rounds out the bill, a Seattle-based artist (paintings, sculpture) who also finds time to create introspective folk-rock.


Gillian Gaar

Gillian G. Gaar

Gillian G. Gaar is a Seattle-based journalist and the author of several books, including Shes A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll and Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana. Twitter: @GillianGaar