(The above audio clip is an edited version of a conversation with Santa Cruz high school rocker Tess Dunn about her new album “Honesty Box”, prior to her band’s appearance at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Friday April 6, 2012)
Monterey Bay’s gurrl rocker, Tess Dunn has just released a new six song album titled Honesty Box. Her second. This feisty 17 yr old Santa Cruz high school senior can do it all: writes her own songs, sings, plays keyboards, makes a video and performs with her high energy band while juggling school and prepping for college at the same time. On top of all this, Tess has cystic fibrosis and epilepsy and is continually dealing with health problems, but that didn’t stop her from recording the new album in LA in just three days back in November.
Honesty Box has a great caffinated garage sound not too dissimilar to the punk bands of 30 years ago. For someone of her age, Tess’s lyrics are brutally mature honest observations about friendship, love, sadness and romantic breakups. Honesty Box ends on a high note with Tess singing that 2012 is going to be her year.It certainly looks that way.