For the first time since 2000, Portland queercore heroes Team Dresch released a new song on Tuesday, titled “Your Hands My Pockets.” A rollicking, pop-punk lust bomb, “Your Hands” is a refresher in what first endeared fans worldwide — gay, straight or somewhere in between — to Team Dresch when they first came thrashing out of the Pacific Northwest scene that brought us grunge and riot grrrl.
“Oh, I wanna want to be wrapped around/To wrap around,” croon vocalists Jody Bleyle and Kaia Wilson, capturing the frenzy of love as both an act of indulgence and an act of political resistance.
“We are back to step up to the plate and take our swing at this horror show that is the Christian Right and their agenda to destroy humanity,” writes the band to Rolling Stone. “Writing and performing music together is like riding the most amazing, gay-ass bike … we all love each other like family, and we have the most incredible people who like our music and come to our shows to feel the loud distorted celebration of love.”
This year, Team Dresch celebrates 25 years since the making of their first album, Personal Best; not to mention the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are widely regarded as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ liberation movement. The new song follows a reissue of the band’s entire catalog, including LPs Personal Best and Captain My Captain — plus a new singles compilation titled Choices, Chances, Changes. The original lineup will bring their Nineties classics to the stage starting this month: starring Jody Bleyle and Kaia Wilson on guitar/vocals, and Donna Dresch on guitar and bass. They’ll be joined by Personal Best drummer Marcéo Martinez during the West Coast leg of their U.S. tour; Captain My Captain drummer Melissa York will take over in the East.
The tour kicks off on Friday, June 7th, at the Clock-Out Lounge in Seattle. After a summer break, Team Dresch will begin their East Coast run September 29th at the Black Cat in Washington D.C. Choices, Chances, Changes is out now via Jealous Butcher Records.
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Team Dresch 2019 Tour Dates
June 7th — Seattle, WA @ Clock-Out Lounge
June 14th — Portland, OR (PDX PRIDE WEEKEND) @ Mississippi Studios
June 15th — Portland, OR (PDX PRIDE WEEKEND) @ Mississippi Studios
June 21st — Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
June 22nd — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
June 23rd — Albany, CA @ Ivy Room
September 29th —Washington, DC @ Black Cat
October 1st — Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
October 2nd — New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
October 3rd — Philly, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Screaming Females
October 4th — Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
October 5th — Easthampton, MA @ Flywheel
October 7th — Durham, NC @ Motorco