Last year saw the promising Sitting Pretty EP from UK rock band Those Dirty Words get more than a few people excited with its quartet of eagerly driven rock n roll. It marked the band as one to not only watch but enjoy immediately with their straight forward and honest rock music. If you missed it do not panic as the band has released their debut album under the same name. It consists of the four songs which made up the EP as well as four new songs to further enrich the standing of the band. It is a release which leaves one enthused with its almost live feel and as a band with a great reputation for their shows and hardworking ethic that is a sure plus.
The quintet from Clitheroe, Lancashire since forming in 2010 have unmistakably honed their craft and style to become one of the most accomplished musicians and bands in the UK even if acclaim as yet is still more reserved than they deserve. The sharing of stages alongside the likes of The Quireboys, Waltari, and Jettblack as well as their own gigs and tours has as mentioned given them a great stock throughout the UK and Europe so with this great album and luck now could be the moment they make the next step forward.
The album opens with Devil’s Disguise, an eager and rippling feast of carefully carved grooves and melodic enterprise cruising along strong muscular riffs. The song whilst not lighting the same fierce fires as later tracks is a more than powerful start and showcases the impressive talents of guitarists Ricky Blenk and Mark Duckworth, their play expressive and at times startling. Vocalist Paul Tierney too stands out but then he does on all songs, his vocals and delivery an impressive weapon to further drive home the excellent songwriting and sounds.
The following Overdrive was the standout songs on the original EP and has lost none of its might though is challenged for top honours more consistently on the album. With an openly wanton groove to tease and test ones resistance the song enflames the senses with a dirty anthemic rock n roll energy driven by the excellent drums of Tom Rice. A track to rile up any barroom or stage the song is a classic, maybe not overly original but as honest and deeply pleasing as the day is long.
The slow burning Shadows brings forward a more reserved and impassioned side of the song writing to great effect, the song slowly warming the ear with passionate strokes from guitar and vocals whilst the bass of Jimmy Swan add a moodiness to enhance the emotive atmosphere brewing within the song. As the track slowly evolves it mesmerises the ear to then wake it up with a fiery blaze of incendiary melodic interplay and blistered intensity before intermittently immersing within its subdued breath again. It is a great song and something different to expand not only the release but the craft and prowess of the band.
The brilliant Stranglehold is a rampaging mix of Motorhead and Thin Lizzy, a track which fires up the pulse rate and heart to leave one wanting more of the same which the following Crash & Burn is more than happy to provide. With a bluesy swagger the track stomps with a reserved yet heavy presence to again ignite only the most heated of responses. These two songs alone show that though the band may not be too intent on creating new pastures for the genre they use existing tools and ideas to inspire the strongest and most compulsive rock sounds.
Darling…You MUST Behave? and Hate Me continue the great ride. The first has a catchy heart and infectious hook which is impossible to resist whilst the second with Swan bringing an extra predatory presence is an agreeably dirtier weave of darker shadows and intent. Once more the guitar play is outstanding without being indulgent and adds a sure richness to the track.
The closer What You Do like the opener did not exactly leave the strongest impression compared to the other songs first time around and nothing has changed here. The song is strong and easily digestible but pales against what are now even more great tunes to grace its side.
Downloadable for a name your own price from http://thosedirtywords.bandcamp.com/ Sitting Pretty is a must have for all hard rock/rock fans and Those Dirty Words a band poised to hit new heights.
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