The Dirty Streets
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Memphis TNs, Dirty Streets fuse rock, soul and the blues into a gritty attack of retro roots rock.
- A1 | 05m12s – Broke As A Man Can Be
- A2 | 03m04s – Cloud Of Strange
- A3 | 05m23s – Felt
- A4 | 04m11s – Fight You
- A5 | 03m52s – Movements
- B1 | 05m08s – It’s About Time
- B2 | 03m40s – Trying Too Hard
- B3 | 04m48s – What Do You Know
- B4 | 04m26s – You Could Have Fooled Me
- B5 | 02m17s – Native Sun
- 400 copies total: 100x black / 200x clear / 100x transparent orange
- transparent orange vinyl exclusively available from Kozmik Artifactz
- all high-quality heavy 180g vinyl pressed in Germany
- matt laquered 300gsm gatefold cover
The press wrote.
When the Streets take off on a solo, there’s no jam-band exploration, just full-on grimy attack. And the rough, menacing guitar tone is matched by vocals that growl and bark beyond their age.
The first truly great “new” band to emerge from the Memphis scene in recent memory, this trio of teen and twenty-somethings conjure a mass of thick riffs and a hearty retro rumble…
Vocalist Justin Toland has a voice that reminds me of a mix between Leslie West (Mountain), Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), and to a point, Sam Velde (Night Horse). The vocals are certainly a strong point. They’re very soulful and full of energy and give Movements that extra element that can make or break an album. In this case it certainly makes it. Vocals aren’t everything though. The instruments are just as strong. Justin’s guitar is just as equally good, bassist Thomas Storz certainly can kick it with the best as you can hear some pretty mean riffs and the beat gets stuck in your head. Andrew Denham’s drums sound basic but they certainly get the job done without all the extra pizazz that some bands go for.
Movements has a nice warm 70s classic rock and soul and blues rock feel to it. There are plenty of great guitar riffs, the vocals are excellent and it’s easy to get quite a few of the beats stuck in your head. It has a familiar but yet unique sound. It’s modern but yet feels so 1970-ish, even the artwork has a certain aspect that screams 1970s. This is a highlight album for 2011. We all know that modern rock radio today is crap and missing something.
The Black Crowes are one of the few modern bands that make it somewhat enjoyable. Since they’re on hiatus someone needs to step up and fill that void. I believe that The Dirty Streets are one of those bands that are certainly capable of filling that void.