by J. Sohn
Started as a "project band", the Dirty 30s were born when Jason Riley and Brian Heuring began writing catchy tunes on a four track for a good time. Within a few months the Rolex timing of Stu Faris and the thundering bass licks of Jeb Venable were thrown into the mixer and the results are southern fried.
Raised in Cape Girardeau, banging out there unique brand of roots/rock, the Dirty 30s are a show to watch, making it known in November that they are here and ready to play.
It is evident that this band is working on what they want to do and they are doing it pretty well. I'd hate to slap a 'what they sound like' label on them at all because I think they have something for everyone. If you are a fan of Rev. Horton Heat, Mojo Nixon, Bob Dylan, Neil Young or just good old rock-n-roll this IS the band for you. When this band comes around be sure to catch them live for an excellent show. Then you too can see that The Dirty 30's have a style all their own
A new album, produced and recorded in Brooklyn, NY by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, will be released in early 2005. Ambel is best known for his work with The Bottle Rockets, Ryan Adams, and Steve Earle. Look for the new album and watch for them in Cape soon.
J Sohn is a writer for sportznutz.com, nutzworld.com and the author of The Metal Pages online 'zine
Dirty 30's Review by Matt Micheals
The Dirty 30's brought their unique blend of roots rock to BG's on Friday, November 19th. In a set sprinkled with a few jokes and some interesting banter with the crowd, one thing remained constant: the barrage of high-energy original tunes.
Lyrically, the Dirty 30's are compelling and honest. Songs like "Justine" and "Farm" tell a story about seemingly real people. Jason Riley's brash and aggressive vocals only help to drive this fact home. Instrumentally, the band seemed tight and focused. The blend of Brian Heuring's bluesy lead guitar, Jeb Veneble's solid and at times flashy bass runs, and Stu Farris's drum fills; kept the energy up and the riffs constant.
The show at BG's was the first "live-music" event of this kind. Judging from the size of the crowd and the way they responded to the band, I'd say this show was the proper start to a possible new venue in Cape Girardeau. If you haven't caught the Dirty 30's live, do yourself a favor, get a copy of their upcoming dates and circle the next one coming up.
One thing is certain, these guys don't disappoint.
For more information about The Dirty 30's, you can check out their website at www.thedirty30s.com.
Dirty 30's Review by Cara Stone
Live music at the bar of BG's Old Tyme Deli may sound like an odd concept but the Dirty 30's were a perfect fit for the bar's first attempt at hosting local acts. I arrived to find a big yet intimate bar packed with an anxious crowd. The Dirty 30's were running a bit behind but once the PA problems were worked out the band proceeded to rock the house. Dirty 30's brand of roots rock n' roll sounded great at the new venue. For those of you who aren't familiar with the band, imagine a tight three-piece rock n' roll rhythm section with a charismatic front man wielding an acoustic guitar. The unique sound is a blend of a younger John Cougar/Springsteen mixed with the alt country sound of The Drive-By Truckers. The band played original songs including some of my favorites: "Drunken Americans", "Justine", "Crackle", and "To Hell with This I'm a Musician." It was a great show. Not all bands will work in BG's distinct setting, but Dirty 30's were a perfect fit and I hope to see them there again!