Dirt River Ra­dio re­turn to a sim­pler time

Aussie rock­ers re­turn to Spain 'Just for Kicks'

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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.

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