Dirty Thrills – Self-Titled


It is fair to say that the release of the Growing Young EP easily put UK blues rock band Dirty Thrills on the landscape of emerging potential soaked propositions. The band’s 2013 debut was a richly enjoyable slice of dirt clad rock ‘n’ roll with only the lack of a truly distinct voice the issue. It was a potent base though from which the London quartet has impressively blossomed and matured, the band realising the promise of that moment and then some as evidenced by their new self-titled album. Stretching all the richness of the previous release and unveiling even more depth in songwriting and sound to be explored ahead, Dirty Thrills has evolved from an emerging prospect into a rigorously compelling incitement.

Formed in 2012, last year was a potent year for the band, Dirty Thrills drawing strong acclaim and attention with not only the Growing Young EP but a live presence which has left venues like London’s 100 Club, O2 Academy Liverpool, and Shepherd’s Bush Empire sweaty and rocking. Consisting of vocalist Louis James (the son of ex-Moody Blues singer Nicky James), guitarist Jack Fawdry, bassist Aaron Plows, and drummer Stevo Corrigan, each bringing experience and open craft with youthful tenacity, Dirty Thrills have bred a sound which merges blues and heavy rock for an incendiary stomp of old school and modern, dirt encrusted rock ‘n’ roll. It was an intriguing temptation on the band’s first release but now a roaring blaze on their self-released album.

As soon as the first flame of guitar winds its lures around ears in opener No Resolve, there is a sense of something spicy and flavoursome in store, a prospect soon brought to fruition as the deep bass lure hailing from Plows adds its Dirty_Thrills_Coverflirtation to the crisp beckoning of Corrigan’s swings whilst Fawdry’s magnetic designs only broaden their persuasion. It is a thick weave of blues soaked sound brought further to life by the impressive tones of James, his voice a fire all on its own. The song proceeds to swing with a slow stride, its pungent sounds somewhere between The Black Keys and Bad Company with a healthy dose of Rival Sons, a suggestion fitting the whole album. The impressive start is swiftly surpassed by the outstanding Burning Bridges, a song tempting with salacious grooves from its first breath before finding a melodic and suggestive swagger to a contagious stride of resourceful enterprise and magnetic revelry. As elsewhere, it is a track which is unafraid to switch around its pace and creative gait, a fluid invention which brings fascinating unpredictability yet easily accessible twists. The familiarity which was rife in the previous EP is still hanging around on song and album but now has an indefinable source and a fresh adventure with every recognisable and suggestive moment.

From one major peak on the album another strolls in straight away with the lively stomp of Rock n Roll, a track more than living up to its title. Bouncing with virulent infectiousness and raw melodic temptation, the song becomes a saucy temptress within seconds as rhythmic bait with anthemic potency and the inflammatory craft of the guitar enslaves imagination and passions, all lorded over by the increasingly stunning voice and delivery of James. The tempestuous revelry is given a slight breather with the easier going but certainly just as pleasing Resume Regret, a song with a less imposing style and an eighties hard rock flavouring offering plenty to be enticed by, adventurous grooves and hooks laying down a captivating invitation for ears too.

The gentle croon of Is This Home adds another varied flavour to the release, vocals an expressive protagonist over precise melodies and sultry emotion before the song erupts into a hazy and impassioned smoulder. It does not ignite ears as previous songs but has thoughts alive and involved with every emotive note and syllable shared, before being followed by the raw energy and instinctive dynamics of Reign where again grooves and riffs come clad in blues rock humidity and vocal vivacity. It is further proof of Dirty Thrills’ strength at writing and letting loose pure rock ‘n’ roll, here a straight forward yet creatively inflamed encounter and in tracks like the next up Wolf In Sheeps Clothing, a more aggressively inventive and hungry proposition. Driven by the riveting agitated rhythms of Corrigan, matched by the heavy and hearty voice of Plows’ bass, the track feverishly romps with sinews stretched and sonic enterprise afire, harmonies an additional irresistible spice to the glorious festival of sound and passion.

     The Man Who Lost His Way is a similarly sculpted encounter, its muscles flexing with eager intent whilst the guitar of Fawdry brews up a sizzling tapestry of sonic intrigue and temptation. It has relaxed moments around the vocal roar of James which lack some of the fire of the song’s imposing twists but still add to the blistering enticement which thrills ears in its company though it fails to linger around like other songs on the album once departed.

The release is completed by the conflagrant charm and craft of Follow Me Home and lastly the Southern rock grooved and blues aired Sigh, both songs further climactic spicery to the album with especially the final song an inescapable enticement warranting further plays before putting a close on the album for the day.

Dirty Thrills set down a potent marker and base with their last encounter, one sprung from in impressive and distinctive style by their album. As suggested you still feel there is more to come from in imagination and uniqueness from the band but they seem to be heading right to the forefront of European blues rock.

The self-released Dirty Thrills is available now digitally @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dirty-thrills/id907284883 and on CD via http://dirtythrillsclothing.bigcartel.com/


RingMaster 19/11/2014

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright


Listen to the best independent music and artists on The RingMaster Review Radio Show and The Bone Orchard from


Dirty Thrills – Growing Young EP

Dirty Thrills Online Promo Shot

The name of the band pretty much says all you need to know about the aural devilry which comes with Dirty Thrills and debut release, the Growing Young EP.  A four track slab of passionate, fiery rock ‘n’ roll, the release is an introduction which is impossible to ignore and equally as resilient to any resistance before its impressive sounds. Not an encounter to create new flames within fire bred and blues singed rock this is an EP which exploits the essences of classic flavours to simply create a raucous plaything for senses and passions to greedily devour and breed a real hunger for.

Dirty Thrills formed at the tail end of 20102 and were soon stirring up keen appetites around the city for their potent sounds with audiences. The London quartet of vocalist/guitarist Louis James, guitarist/vocalist Jack Fawdry, bassist Jamie Hopkins, and drummer/vocalist Stevo Corrigan now have their sights on the rest of the country with the Growing Young EP, a ripe and primed persuasion to ignite a wider hungry recognition.

As soon as the opening flames of Shivers course across the air you sense something flavoursome is about to unveil its riches and thoughDirty Thrills Cover Artwork it is a restrained fall into the track there is an immediate coaxing and pleasing of the ears with entwining strands of guitar enterprise and firm rhythms. They take their time to tease and tempt, soon assisted by the excellent vocals of James, and even once into its stride the song is still a laid back confrontation where all the instruments parade their individual persuasions in a contagious union. Like the EP as a whole, the track makes an instant allurement but also smoulders, getting stronger with subsequent strolls through its melodic magnetism and rhythmic beckoning.

The blues soaked temptress makes an impressive start which the following title track takes up another level. With a southern whisper to its spiralling sonic and melodic seduction the song brings ears and thoughts into its welcoming arms with ease, the bass of Hopkins adding the right depth of shadow and emotive suggestion to back up the again great vocals of James backed by Fawdry. Familiarity as with all the songs is open on the track though you can feel numerous inspirations rather than just a singular seed which allows the proposition to take on its own character ultimately, and with a more evocative and gentler stomp to its gait the track becomes a simmering cauldron of imaginative and expressive fire which certainly lingers.

Drunk Words is a sultry ballad of a song, vocals taking the ear by the emotional scruff of the neck to open up the narrative whilst the band light the fuse to a sizzling atmosphere of blues seeping caresses which the guitar of Fawdry veins and twists around with acidic excellence as the bass walks with a moody dramatic enticement. The weakest of the three songs, due to their striking qualities, but arguably the most inventive, the song takes time to enslave the senses and thoughts but eventually emerges as a lingering and deeply welcome presence time and time again.

The closing You’re in Trouble Now returns to stomping the dust clad liquor soaked blues hall dancefloor, its deliberate rein on explosive tendencies drawing in the appetite deeper whilst its slowly burning textures gather to expel a furnace hot flame of sonic invention through the solo and fiery vocals which in turn spark and brew up a rapacious wash which fires up the senses further. Again just missing on the heights of the first pair of songs but leaving a memory holding taste in its wake, the track makes a very pleasing conclusion to an impressively creative and impacting release.

With hopes and expectations that Dirty Thrills develop an even more distinct voice to explore their and our depths, the Growing Young EP gives the band a powerful opening base with promise and anticipation of major things ahead.



RingMaster 07/10/2013

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

Listen to the best independent music and artists on The RingMaster Review Radio Show and The Bone Orchard from


DIRTY THRILLS ‘Growing Young’ EP, out 7th October‏

Dirty Thrills Online Promo Shot


Faintly tipping their caps to past rock masters, Dirty Thrills have skewed their sounds into something fresh, original and youthful. Calling upon the fervour of Led Zeppelin, underpinned by the biting groove of Queens Of The Stoneage and paired with the song-writing wizardry of Jack White, Dirty Thrills release ‘Growing Young’ through all national stores on Monday 7th October.
Born in late 2012 by four brothers in arms, the quartet instantly bonded, all sharing a mutual passion for edgy rock ‘n’ roll. Their connection rings loud and clear at every Dirty Thrills live show where you’ll witness the powerfully vibrant vocal talents of Louis James, coupled with killer guitar riffs from Jack Fawdry, all aided and abetted by the solid, low-end rhythmic backbone of Jamie Hopkins and Stevo Corrigan. Together, they unleash a colossal sound that pitches ballsy rock ‘n’ roll with modern blues rock.

The four piece are now set to unleash their debut EP ‘Growing Young’. The record is loaded up on bluesy swagger and eternal rock n’ roll stardust, from the scuzzy blues vigour of ‘Shivers’ to the enticing ‘Growing Young’, which melds Zeppelin-esque riffage with a towering vocal performance by Louis James. The moody and brooding ‘Drunk Words’ is next up and showcases the quartet’s deft ability to hold back on the tempo and amp up on the groove, before the up-tempo riffery of ‘You’re in Trouble Now’ calls time on an impressive debut record. Dirty Thrills will now hit the road with touring lined up for the autumn. The boys have also begun work on their debut album which is slated for release later this year. Hit the band’s Facebook for updates and show announcements.
Dirty Thrills Cover Artwork