Dirt River Radio return to a simpler time
Aussie rockers return to Spain 'Just for Kicks'
By Barry Wright DIRT River Radio (aka The Dirties) is a six-piece band from Melbourne, Australia that features a classic rock line-up of two Gretsch guitars, bass, drums and the magnificent Dirtettes on backing vocals.
The band has evolved from humble St Kilda beginnings in 2008, into a foot-stomping, eye-turning and ear-rattling rock-n-roll outfit with their soon-to-be-released fourth studio album, Just For Kicks, and third European tour, which takes place in September and October.
The Dirties deliver a tasty swag-bag of heartfelt tunes and at times truly brutal snapshots of life, all wrapped up with volatile live shows and the undeniable Dirty charm and honesty.
Their music ranges from four-to-the-floor rock to sinister vaudevillian spectacle along the lines of fellow countryman Nick Cave.
They have shared stages with the likes of Carlos Santana, Chris Isaak and Tony Joe White and consider themselves to be a ‘seasoned rock outfit, driven to deliver their authentic songs to audiences far and wide’.
The band features stalwarts Danger Alexander (guitar/vocals) - sadly missing for this tour - and Heath ‘Hellvis’ Brady (guitar/ vocals), Matt Bray (drums), Anthony Casey (bass/vocals) and the backing vocals of Sarah ‘Lips’ Fagan and Kellie ‘The Boss’ Fernando-Bird.
Of Just For Kicks, they note they have ‘written a vibrant clutch of new songs’ that are ‘a departure from the band’s previous dark offering Sun City White, giving a nod to early Australian rock bands such as The Divinyls, Australian Crawl and The Angels’.
On top of the four film clips released by Dirt River Radio in 2017, their classic track All my Friends is a regular on radio playlists around the globe, as well as inspiring many a crowd chorus at gigs. A triumphant ode to friendship, the song frequently gets airings at both weddings and funerals.
Prior to having to pull out of the tour, frontman Danger Alexander said: “I’ve been on many tours in my time and 2016 (previous European tour) was truly special and unlike anything I’ve experienced before. We played every show like it was our last and the six of us bonded in such a powerful way. We knew if we could harness that honesty and passion we could make a record unlike anything that had come before it. To be heading back to Europe again together with our new record is truly exciting… It’s going to be unlike anything anyone has seen from us before.”
Following the success of Sun City White that album’s producer, Richard Stolz (Elvis Costello, Paul Kelly, After The Fall) was kept at the helm of the good ship Dirt River Radio for the follow up.
The Dirties note that they were definitely in a fun place recording Just For Kicks, with songs like Kings of the Beach featuring Brian Wilsonesque harmonies that conjure up images of waves, beer and the Australian beach.
“It’s an album harking back to a simpler time when the Australian music charts were full of thumping pop, new wave and hard rock music, when summer was third degree sunburn and suburbs smelled of coconut tanning lotion and BBQs. A time when footballers smoked cigarettes on the field at half time and our sports teams all had big porno moustaches and a time when this band were just little kids eating ice-cream at the local swimming pool, or were a mere twinkle in their father’s eye in the back seat of the car at the local drive-in.”
We wait with bated breath for its release.
Sun City White is available to stream on Spotify and there are plenty of YouTube videos to feast on. If Dirt River Radio are to your liking then get along to the Garaje Beat Club in Murcia on October 18.