I recently had the good fortune to see an amazing performance from a band that I have only just discovered (not quite sure how this has occurred, but I’m so glad I’ve found them now). London-based, self-confessed dirty blues rockers, Dirty Thrills rocked the Stillery early on the bill of Camden’s Nightmare Festival. To be honest, I fell in love with their sound straight away and had to find out more about them; thankfully, they were happy to talk about the great state of the rock and roll industry, their burning desire to tour the States and, erm, pole dancing videos …
How was Nightmare Fest?
Ah it was amazing, we had a killer time (no Halloween pun intended). We were really impressed with our set at The Stillery. Well, from what we remember, it was just an energetic blur, with us drenched in sweat and torturing our instruments. We wouldn’t have it any other way though.
You’ve got a few dates coming up – for anyone that has just discovered you, can you give any hint as to when you might be touring again?
Yes, we will playing a few more dates from now until the end of the year so check out our Facebook for updates on those. In terms of a full-on tour, we are in the process right now of getting that together at the moment. We plan on kicking off the new year with a tour – no messing about!
You’ve been going for two years, building on a solid fan base, are you finding it easy to pick up new fans?
In the most humble way possible, it is becoming a lot easier. I think as your band’s name and reputation gets out there and begins to snowball, more and more people starting joining your fan base. We live on Facebook and twitter, spreading the word of our band, so it looks as if it is paying off.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
We’ve all got different favourites, but with a common passion for rock ‘n’ roll – to name a few; Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Rival Sons, Led Zeppelin.
If you could only tour with one band in the next year, who would you pick and why?
We were talking about this the other day as a band, and we came to the conclusion that Royal Blood would be a great band to tour with. We’re great fans of their music and their epic ‘duo’ sound. Our styles would go together perfectly on a rock bill.
That’s one I wouldn’t miss! What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever given you?
We once had a couple of girls send us a video of them pole dancing to our song ‘Drunk Words’. We weren’t complaining …
How would you describe your musical style?
Dirty blues rock ‘n’ roll with melodic vocals. Our debut album has a bit of everything – riff-based tunes, heavier tunes, classic-rock and a rock ballad. Our style is for anyone who loves a good noise groover, but with something to sing along to.
How does the writing/recording process work for you? Do you all do it together, or add bits separately?
We have a very healthy recording process. The work process normally differs from song to song, but generally, one person has the bulk idea for a new song, and the rest of us build it up together. It usually starts with a guitar riff, and then we go from there. If we’re not feeling inspired we don’t force a song out, we just go for a beer!
What’s been the highlight for the band so far?
Probably writing and recording our debut album, the whole process was awesome. We’re already itching to get into the studio again.
What’s the best/worst thing about what you do?
There is no ‘non-cheesy’ way of putting this, but the best thing about we do, is the ‘buzz’! That moment on stage and in time where everything is perfect, and you’re having the time of your life. The worst thing is the waiting around before a gig when you’re not allowed to be drunk, ha ha.
Are there any countries that it would be a dream to play for you?
We would love, as many others would, to play in the USA. Venues like Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden are up there with all-time dream venues to play.
Any 2015 festival news that you can share?
None that we are allowed to share at the moment, we’ve just started working with some new contacts just recently, and we will definitely have some exciting festival announcements soon. Stay tuned guys.
What do you think about the current state of the music industry and do you think that ‘rock is dead’?
No we don’t think rock is dead at all. People have been saying this for years, some even said it before the 80‘s and 90’s. It’s not dead in the slightest, it’s just having a recharge. It takes this ‘hiatus’ state for a genre to re-emerge as something bigger, better and different. There are new rock artists appearing every day who are slowly turning the tide to a new movement, people just don’t know it yet.
Where do you hope to be as a band in 5 years?
We hope to have gotten bigger and better as a band, and to be playing all over the world for everyone to see. It feels like just the beginning for us, and we’re all excited as to what’s in store in the future.
It was both a pleasure and a dirty thrill (see what I did there?!) to chat to these guys – make sure you check out their album, which you can buy here –
Check out their website and Facebook pages here and make sure you don’t miss them next time they’re touring – these guys are going to be HUGE! They also have an album launch show next Monday, 17th November at the Barfly in Camden, go to their FB page for more details. Miss it, miss out!
Also, take a look at the video (part 1, there are MANY more!) of the making of their album –