Jam together

Posted on 02 Feb 2006 at 10:44pm
By Daniel A. Kusner – Life+Style Editor

Dallas lesbian duo Bandmates kick out special Valentine’s Day show



GIRLFRIENDS WITH GUITARS: Susan Carson, left, and Kimberly Cody

Give me homegrown, lo-fi ditties over saturated studio fare any time. From the near-suburban landscape of Lakewood comes Bandmates, Dallas’ guitar-and-bass lesbian duo who aren’t pining away for a corporate record deal. They write, perform, record and post tracks on MySpace.com because that’s how they get their groove on.

With a flair for bright vintage fashions, partners Susan Carson and Kimberly Cody craft a laid-back, slowcore sound that harkens back to that halcyon era of ’80s college rock before digital audio, drum sampling and Vocoders.

Cody’s gentle vocal styling resembles Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, only without such a sedative timbre. When Carson isn’t complimenting Cody on backup vocals, she’s switching between bass and a sublime mid-’60s Rickenbacker 324.

Cody and Carson first crossed paths in 1989. Along with Cody’s then-husband, a guitarist, the trio called themselves Lloyd’s Dinner Party, but the band never got past the rehearsing-in-the-apartment stage.

In 2003, fate reunited the women when Carson answered a “musicians wanted” classified ad placed by Cody. Later that year, they landed their first gig at Bar of Soap near Fair Park. Eventually, their musical partnership became more intimate.

“We wrote our theme song, “‘Bandmates,’ in the hot tub,” Cody remembers.
During the day, Carson works as an art consultant at the Southwest Gallery in North Dallas. Cody is a licensed massage therapist.

Over the last three years, Bandmates’ live gigs usually have them playing stages outside of Dallas’ gay bubble. To kick off the Valentine’s Day hubbub, they’re planning “For the Love of It,” a special pink-and-red themed show at the Winedale Tavern in Lower Greenville. They’re encouraging audience members to break out the red hats, pink boas and rose-colored scarves.

“And every hour, we promise to perform not only a love song, but a cool love song,” Cody says.

Coming from two six-string sirens who bring down the house with their version of Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California,” the show promises to be a love fest.

Winedale Tavern, 2110 Greenville Ave. Feb. 4 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. 214-823-5018. MySpace.com/bandmates

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 3, 2006

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