Saturday 17 October 2020

Dirt Royal - Lose Our Way


  Forming in 2013, Brighton trio Dirt Royal ( play an infectiously melodic mix of punk and mod which combines social commentary with a dash of satire. They released their debut album, This Is Now, back in 2014 and I've featured them on here a couple of times including this post from 2018 in which I mentioned their new album, Great Expectations, was on it's way ( 

  Well it's been a while (over 2 years) but finally it's about to see the light of day. It's due out on the 23rd of this month and it'll be available via Time For Action Records on vinyl (200 black/100 yellow) and digital download. It's described thus; "Instantly catchy and addictive buzzsaw UK three-chord-punky PowerPop on exactly 12 cuts. The two vocalists sing with equal measures of punk snottiness and sugary sweetness, including their unique call and response which makes the album to a true gem. But it evokes also the sound and spirit of early The Buzzcocks, The Clash and the Kinks."  

  I'm lucky enough to have heard it and can confirm if you like your punk rock to be filled with hooks then you'll love it. They might be from Brighton but for some reason they remind me of some of the 60's Mersey Beat bands or maybe a power pop infused version of Pardon Us. They write scuffed up pop songs that get lodged in your brain. You can order it here : 

  They've just released a video for one of the tracks. Usually a band will choose the standout song to promote their album and whilst this does a perfectly fine job of demonstrating what you can expect it's by no means "the standout" as everything else on Great Expectations is equally as good. 

  It's called Lose Our Way... 

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