SPRUCE STAGE 09.10.22

Dead Gowns

Portland, ME

Dead Gowns is the songwriting project of Geneviève Beaudoin. The project began touring the northeast in support of their first release, the New Spine EP, in late 2018. Since then, Dead Gowns has released a handful of singles, including "Lyon Alt. Version"; and "See People", which was featured in Wilco's summer 2021 playlist, Wilco Recommends.

Their latest single, “How You Act,” is out on all platforms on May 10th, 2022. It’s the first in a series of songs that the band will release this year, featuring a cast of good friends/collaborators from the New England DIY scene, including Luke Kalloch, Peter McLaughlin, Alex Millan, Aisha Burns, Nat Baldwin, and Brett DesChenes.

This body of work began in early January 2021, during a period of personal and professional flux, when Beaudoin found herself taking stock of what to hold onto. Having been immersed in the recording process of a separate Dead Gowns full length, "How You Act" and a handful of other songs bubbled to the surface out of necessity and quickly took on a life of their own. When a recording opportunity emerged, thanks to a recording grant offered by Portland, ME studio Prism Analog, this new collection became a reality.

Beaudoin first wrote these songs as unspoken dialogues but later reconceived them as auto- fictive (vs auto-biographical) affirmations – it's not all true, but there's something tangible to glean for herself. "How You Act" is a reclamation of agency, empowering the narrator to forgive and accept. "Yeah, it's messy/ grow up your heart" elucidates this revelation, with Beaudoin's voice ringing out in a brief moment of quiet triumph: "Do you think you did right from the start? / Collect the lawn chair debris from my yard and/ paint my doorway the color of a birthday card/ Well, happy birthday to you."

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Hosted on the ancestral lands of the Kanienkehaka of the Haudenosaunee nation and the Odanak of the Abenaki people. 

Do good things. 

©Otis Mountain Media LLC
 

Hosted on the ancestral lands of the Kanienkehaka of the Haudenosaunee nation and the Odanak of the Abenaki people. 

Do good things. 

©Otis Mountain Media LLC