That Girl Dre’s New Single is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Okay, Dre! So, what’s up? How much longer are you going to keep us waiting on that debut EP? Over the past year, That Girl Dre has been busy in the studio hashing out ideas for an EP we’re just dying to hear.

Thankfully, the groovy indie-pop quartet, led by Dre Mazzenga, has prescribed us brief snippets of relief with a new single every few months. Although, each single may soothe our immediate cravings, the anticipation, ultimately, continues to build.

Last Saturday, That Girl Dre took us to the “Doctor” at Stay Gold for their latest cranked up, bluesy antidote. And the prescription this time around is all about female self-empowerment in a male-dominated world.

‘“Doctor” was created from the feeling that being born feminine is somehow seen as a handicap. Like “she’s good…for a girl”…quips that cut so deep it can take years to recover,” admits Dre.

Reaching out to others for strength, to imaginary doctors, was part of my personal process for so long. At the end of the day, the strength is within each of us to heal our own wounds and shine as bright as we dream.

We already knew Dre’s got phenomenal pipes. But, where previous singles have showcased the dazzling vocalist, front-and-center, “Doctor” shines an otoscope on the chemistry of the entire band. The tune steadily stomps along with lively percussion and lavish keys that carry the smooth pop melody towards a bursting chorus of groovy guitar riffs and Dre’s dynamic vocals. This girl sure can sing the Hell out of her emotions and with each new single the band gets closer and closer to capturing the energy of their live performance. “Doctor” offers a damn-fine representation of the prowess and enthusiasm this band brings to the stage and certainly has us even more anxious for the whole bottle of jams hopefully coming soon.

That Girl Dre rocked it Saturday night with the official “Doctor” release party at Stay Gold with special guest Buenos Diaz.

I’m grateful to express that emotion with my band at one of our favorite venues in Austin. Our talented buddy “Buenos Diaz” slayed that night. Thanks sincerely for the support, I hope people find inspiration and strength in our song.” 

That Girl Dre

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

That Girl Dre at that place ‘Geraldine’s’ Photo Recap -11/18/17

A suburban girl that’s brightened Austin with her smile alone, Dre Mazzenga is nothing but extraordinary and it shows in the photographs from her latest show – she’s effervescent. Having begun her Texan adventure in 2014 with ‘Do Me Right’, she has over 60,000 streams under her belt and has gained some well-deserved attention from her latest single ‘Follow’.

Supported by the rest of ‘That Girl Dre’, Mazzenga has truly found her feet in the Lone Star state. Bringing along drummer Tracy Sampedro from her Brooklyn days, they’ve adapted to the passionate music scene that Austin boasts and the relaxed vibe that Geraldine’s offers. The team truly showed the crowd their best selves, this past Saturday.

Check out some of the photoset below!

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Author: Megan Matthews
Photography: Mindi Westhoff of Time and Place

Exclusive Track Premier: That Girl Dre’s latest single ‘Follow’

“What’re you smiling at?” snarled an angry, man on a New York subway.
“What aren’t you smiling at?” Dre Mazzenga hit back, her happiness steady and, I’m pretty sure, constant.

A tenaciously cheerful girl, Mazzenga’s no stranger to the music scene having released her debut EP ‘Do Me Right’ in 2014. Three years and more than 60,000 streams later, the promise of a new single from That Girl Dre approaches with the mysteriously titled ‘Follow’.

Best described as footsteps across a forest floor of crisp, fallen leaves laid over a distorted piano ballad, reminiscent of a wedding, opens the track. Dramatic yet elegant, spicy vocals cut through the melody, stinging the air on the cool Autumn day I can’t help but imagine, altering the song. An emulsion of an almost eerie beginning slams into an amplified breathlessness; seduction and a level of desperation define the sound. For such a happy-go-lucky girl, Dre impressively portrays a mass of emotions in ‘Follow’.

“It’s the story of ‘I do love you but now is the wrong time’, states Mazzenga. “I feel like those words are the kiss of death for so many women, myself included. It just hurts so bad because you love someone so much and want it to be right now’. I tried to write the song from that place of chasing a love that’s just out of reach.” She explained when she spoke to me about this single; her voice coarse from fiercely rehearsing.

Mazzenga has poured her heart into ‘Follow’ to ensure you’ll feel comfort and not isolation in her lyrics. A metaphor for her personality, she’s a warm and affable person; it’s hard not to feel you’ve found a friend to confide in.
Once a resident of a sleepy cul-de-sac in the New York suburbs, Mazzenga found herself feeling the same as many young girls do; a yearning ache to get to the city. Once in Brooklyn, she met Tracy Sampedro – the future drummer of Dre’s namesake band and one of her biggest motivators. Always filling notepads with songs she’d written, she found herself in a common conundrum for many budding artists; musically talented but far too shy – Sampedro helped to change that, encouraging Dre to live ‘outside of her own brain’.

A car accident and a back injury later though, she found herself swapping her stand up piano for a keyboard she could play in bed, “as I was popping Advil and recovering from my injury!” she laughed, ever the easy-going, devil-may-care attitude.

Everything I had done before was suddenly so difficult, and it really made me re-examine my life, like why do I live in New York City, do I have to live here, do I have to do the work I’m doing, and the answer to most of these things was no, I don’t have to. So, I thought ‘screw it, I’m moving to Austin’.”

It’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, and well I’m supposed to get up at 8, and I’m supposed to drink this coffee and I’m supposed to, supposed to, supposed to and before you know it your life has passed. I think it’s important that each of us finds who we are and then be willing to unleash it. Don’t be bashful about it, don’t apologize for it. I want to spread that everywhere.

Her sharp, mellifluous vocals and emotional lyrics are already enough to add ‘Follow’ to my playlist. But, it’s Dre’s benevolent personality that sealed the deal on this soon-to-be household name. Each aspect of That Girl Dre works harmoniously together, and they will continue to with the future singles on the horizon. Get excited, and stay that way.

Catch That Girl Dre live:
Friday, August 18th 2017 at Antone’s (Austin TX), 8pm
Portion of proceeds to benefit SIMS Foundation
Ticket link:

Dre Mazzenga – Vocals, Keyboard, Producer, Music, Lyrics
Jet Jaguar – Bass, Vocals, Producer, Music, Lyrics
Tracy Sampedro – Drums, Producer, Music, Lyrics
Dalton Jackson – Guitar

Follow – That Girl Dre

Author:  Megan Matthews