Dirt Bikes is a three-piece band consisting of Richard Lehmann, Sergio Perez and Meike Wagner. They recently released a five-song EP entitled Coasts that is a cathartic purge of raw music. The EP was recorded to 1/2” tape as god intended and the proof is in the pudding. This is a raw rock record and seems to have some influence from garage bands like The Walkman and The Strokes but the most obvious comparison would be The White Stripes. Dirt Bikes come from the same DNA as The White Stripes but have enough mutations in their strand to stand on their own.
This music is all about the delivery. It’s that simple. The songs aren't the most creative I have heard but if this doesn’t get your motor revving a bit I’m not sure what will. I would say the basic objective of this music is to take the emotions the musicians have towards the music and shove it down your throat in the form of pure energy. I don’t have a problem with that. These types of bands are usually better live at achieving their objective so make sure to bookmark their Facebook page.
“Ocean = Amazing” is a bit deceptive as it starts with a clean guitar and a ride cymbal. The band bursts into the mix with little warning with waves of distorted guitars, bass and the lead singer exclaims he is, “Always amazed by the sounds of the Ocean. I’m always amazed by the sounds of the Ocean.” The song is repetitive but is a fun tune.
“Up For Hire” is a bit more structured as it adheres to a verse/chorus/verse formation. The chorus is instantly memorable and sing-along worthy. “Door Scratcher” rips and rolls The White Stripe style that includes some noteworthy vocal harmonies.
The highlight on the EP is “99.” Leading the pack are a group of tom drums and arguably the best vocal performance. The guitar is pretty hip as well, which sounds like it is being played while the guitarist is giving little regard to technique.
It’s hard to fault this music so I won’t. Just check it out.
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