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Dirty Glory – ‘Mind The Gap’

posted 27 Jan 2017, 13:07 by Paul Woodward

(Perris Records)

Review by Woody

You take one look at Dirty Glory and you would think they have stepped straight off the LA strip circa 1989! These Brazilians also showcase that LA strip sound at the core of their own sound and song writing as they were obviously brought up on heavy doses of Motley Crue, Poison, Guns and Roses and Skid Row in their formative years!

Those influences are obvious in their songs, so sleaze fans will be drawn to Mind The Gap but I would say the songs are a lot smoother and pop-ier than you’d expect from the average modern sleaze band. Although the core of the band is sleaze there is an abundant Americanised pop rock sound going right through the middle of this album. This gives the album a more up to date feel, retro at heart but not redundant to a new generation of rockers.

Like most sleaze acts there are some slight punk touches to the tone of the music, for me it’s mostly in some of the snarling vocals and rebellious delivery. There is a strong commercial flavour which really ropes me in and tickles my personal taste buds. They combine this with the sharp energetic guitars and attitude dripping vocals of sleaze, so the album isn’t a watered-down rebel yell, just a really catchy and rousing one!

It’s full of energy and excitement and it’s really easy to get lost in their vibe and find yourself rocking along and fist pumping to these choruses. I have to take my hat off to the songwriters to who have blended various elements into their music to make it as impactful as possible on a wide range of music fans. Lots of smooth melodic rock touches are blended in to add to the commercial tone, modern pop rock to keep their sound contemporary and not overtly retro and maintaining the rebellious nature of the songs sleaze heart along the way.

The album kicks off with some strong rebellious sleaze rock before morphing into a surprisingly smooth rocker ‘Beyond Time’ which has a big chorus and some great guitar licks. This song on first listen highlights early on that Dirty Glory aren’t a one trick pony and their song writing is more varied than first impressions may indicate. In fact, one of the stand out tracks ‘Fire’ is one of the least sleazy, it’s an upbeat rocker with a strong pop rock spine and a chorus that will get stuck in your head!

Fans of Eighties rock will love their power ballad ‘Every time I Think About You’ which really harks back to a by gone era with its acoustic guitars and bittersweet tone. It’s written and delivered very much in the tradition of melodic hard rock bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Another song that shows their song writing versatility is the bar room boogie of ‘What’s Her Name Again’ which hints at British sleaze influences (Quireboys / Dog’s D’Amour) as opposed to the LA strip.

Mind The Gap is rambunctious rebellious rock and roll! It should really get fans of sleaze, 80’s LA Strip rock and even modern hard edged pop rock, fist pumping and bouncing around like nutters with total ease.

Track Listing: Sticks and Stones / Failing The Test / 20 Years of Moving On / Beyond Time / Black Lightning / Fire / Damn The Human Race / Every Time I Think About You / What’s Her Name Again / Mr Jack / Modern Gods / The Sentence

Album Rating: 8/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Fire