The Dirty Jerks recent release three-song EP Dirty in the Streets is actually kind of dirty. At least the first song they play “Electrical Lybia” is. It has that bluesy distortion that can be described as dirty or gritty. The first song also happens to be the best sounding song from an aesthetic perspective.
It’s just mixed better than the other two songs on the EP. The singer’s vocals sit in a good place and the song has separation that the other songs don’t posses. For whatever reason the song is also a couple of DB’s louder.
Production aside the song is solid if a bit predictable. The band changes timing, which was effective and I thought the lead singer had a great rock voice. His vocals are definitely an asset the band will have to take advantage of on their further releases. He sounds good when he strains his voice which is not a quality that all singers posses.
The band throws out the blues/rock and goes for a more late ‘60s classic rock band type vibe. It’s another solid tune and the singer delivers arguably the best vocal performance here. The band gets slightly psychedelic by pouring on a copious amount of reverb on the guitars at points.
The last track “Base Mints” is another deviation for the band. It’s a bass lead song that treats the guitars as atmospheric. At times it reminded me of some of the less slap happy material Primus would play. I would have liked to hear the lead vocals more but what are you going to do.
I’m not sure when The Dirty Jerks formed but if I was a betting man I would say they are a relatively newly formed band. The band still seems to be working out what style fits and ultimately what makes them unique. Dirty in the Streets has a couple of inspired moments but the band still has their work cut out for them. This is a case of wait and see.
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