No one Cares About Your Band in Brooklyn
By Robin Ecoeur
When we asked the question "The Dirty Blondes autobiography so far would be titled?", their answer was "we'd probably call it 'No one Cares About Your Band in Brooklyn, but we're changing that'". What a response. So let's find out just exactly who The Dirty blondes are and why they are worth bothering about...
It's Hole in a Heel, not Hole in a Hell! However, Hole in a Hell is appropriate because sometimes we've played it that way. Look up Garage Land in Brooklyn for a live recording that sounds like we're on ketamine. Those are two of the first songs we wrote as group. They are pretty blunt. The words describe pretty much exactly what was going on at the time. Hopefully they pull the listener in a little.
Probably the first practice, which ended in Jensin standing on Arthur's kick drum, the two of them chugging beers and spitting at each other. Chemistry was a go from day one. We wrote a song that day called The Dirge, which is part of our acid-desert genre...is that already a thing?
The VHS session
That was our first time playing outside of New York City; big shout out to the dudes that organized it...we were enjoying the change. After the video they threw a party down in the basement and we played a set, which was why we were there in the first place. There was a store down the street that sold 30-racks of beer so we stocked up. Somebody has footage of the show somewhere; that was a good one.
The Dirty Blondes are a garage rock band who have been releasing tracks from punk to psychedelic rock. It's a decent effort, in all fairness. And you can see the appeal, despite the fluctuating "genre". Fans will disagree with us here, and that's good, because the outfit are clearly talented, but we know they could do even better.
Let us look down the line of Soundcloud releases. Because is a solid effort very much influenced by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The bass is strong and the guitar reeks of feedback and fuzz. Same goes for Hole In A Heel which could feature on a Ty Segall's debut record. In fact, the rhythm is more catchy than what could be found on a Ty Segall record....the vocals have melody!
But for a band from Brooklyn, growing up listening to the Indie rockers of the past like BJM, it does sound a little throw back to the style of another time. DIIV, Cigarettes After Sex and the Captured Tracks boys, also from Brooklyn, are bringing a new fresh sound to the stereo. We're being rather harsh, but that's for good reason, because with the natural talent and sheer energy The Dirty Blondes possess, they could probably create an even bolder music combined with more of their own style which would blow the likes of DIIV out of the water. And that's the highest compliment...