Trevor Hedges saw his first Warped Tour as a sixth grader, but it wasn’t for reasons one would think.
“I first came to Warped Tour in 1999, not even for the music because I was a little skater kid,” Hedges says. “I discovered this kind of music through that and then eventually joined the community.”
This year’s visit to Warped Tour was about more than extreme sports. Hedges was onsite at Ak-Chin Pavilion to perform as frontman of the Tempe-based band Sundressed on the Journeys Left Foot Stage. It was the first and last time Sundressed would perform on the tour many have dubbed “rock ‘n’ roll summer camp.”
Warped Tour’s conclusion as a cross-country event is a loss for the community, he says. Many bands depended on Warped Tour to promote their music.
“I can’t imagine something not coming in to replace it,” he says during an interview at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
The band, who’s on tour, returns to Arizona to play Club Congress on Monday, July 23.
Prior to playing Warped Tour, Sundressed released a split EP Sundressed & Nominee, with its friends, Texas-rockers Nominee. Sundressed was recording for fun, not for an album, so the EP, including songs like “So Poetic” and “Postcard,” came about organically.
“Since we weren’t recording them (the songs) for an album, we were experimenting a lot more,” Hedges says. “It’s just an experimentation that we’re really happy with.”
In 2017, Sundressed released its 11-song debut album A Little Less Put Together, which spawned favorites like the title track, “Mill Ave. and Broadway” and “Of Course.”
“Putting out a full record was a really big deal because a full record is an actual statement of who you are,” Hedges says. “It’s about our generation and how it’s different than our parents’ and how everything’s a little more difficult for us.”
The album also deals with mental health and Hedges’ “personal battle with addiction.” He’s been sober for a decade.
“It (the album) was a culmination of everything I’ve done up until then finally put into one statement,” he says.
Sundressed w/Save Face, Prince and the Hyena, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, Tucson, hotelcongress.com, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, $10 and $16. 16 and older