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Dirty White Boyz - 2017 Down And Dirty
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gdazegod
on March 21 2017, In 2017 Articles , 4 Comments , 746 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Dirty White Boyz
ALBUM: Down And Dirty
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 301
YEAR: 2017
SPONSOR: Connecting Music Portal-

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tony Mitchell - vocals, guitar, keyboards * Paul Hume - guitar, backing vocals * Nigel Bailey - bass, backing vocals * Neil Ogden - drums, backing vocals * Jamie Crees - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 All She Wrote * 02 Dynamite * 03 Hangin' On A Heartache * 04 Ride With Angels * 05 Playing Dirty * 06 Rise * 07 Waiting For This Feelin' * 08 Sanctuary * 09 Hell To Pay * 10 All In The Name Of Rock N Roll * 11 After The Rain * 12 Bring It On

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WEBLINKS: DWB Facebook Page


Background
New to 2017 are British combo Dirty White Boyz. Originally sourced from a series of demos written and played by former Kiss Of The Gypsy singer Tony Mitchell, the band took shape after he took his songs to a handful of record labels, one of which was Escape Music. At the suggestion of Khalil Turk, Mitchell hooked up with a collection of top musicians to complete the DWB picture. Paul Hume, Neil Ogden and Jamie Crees come from Lawless; Ogden also having appeared with Demon, while Nigel Bailey should be familiar to GDM readers, after ventures with Three Lions, Lifeline and his own solo career. DWB aren't reinventing the British melodic rock scene per se, but adding their own distinct flavour to it.


The Songs
I have that Kiss Of The Gypsy album stashed away somewhere, but will admit I haven't played it much (or at all) so Tony Mitchell's voice isn't that familiar to me, but I reckon he does a good job here, coming off like an edgy version of Steve Overland, while the rest of the band are all accomplished musicians. As expected, the rhythm section is thunderous and provides a rock solid foundation, the shared guitar work is very tidy too. There's twelve tracks to contend with. Some definitely hits the 'G spot' while others don't. 'Ride With Angels' is a flowing southern sounding ballad, 'Rise' on the other hand tends more toward the smooth melodic rock side. There are keyboards to be found on 'Sanctuary', but at 6 and half minutes, it's probably two minutes too long as it loses impact the more it continues. 'After The Rain' is the album's power-ballad moment, while the rest of the songs all keep to the standard structure of British hard rock. Competent but just lacking that little bit of something to my ears.


In Summary
Most of the songs hover around the five minute mark. The material wasn't colourful enough to retain my interest throughout, and I kept flicking the switch to the next song hoping to find a sugar-bullet. I love my heavy rock guitars like the next person, but the fuzz and sludge (as I like to call it) really needs a point of difference to be compelling. Whether it be through tonal changes, style changes or keyboard and synth embellishment through layers or lead lines. For mine, it just wasn't happening on a consistent basis. This album is officially released at the end of this week, so expect to 'Down And Dirty' on sale via your nearest Online Retailer.


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#1 | gdazegod on March 22 2017 07:16:51
I read on their Facebook page that they categorise themselves as melodic rock and AOR. Sorry to say: that description is incorrect and misleading.. well half of it is.
#2 | Nick C on March 23 2017 19:12:41
What does their logo remind me of....hmmmmmmmmm. Grin
#3 | gdazegod on March 23 2017 20:19:02
Actually, if some of you remember when we were redesigning the GDM logo a few years back, the graphic designer I used also threw in the spread wing theme which was too close to the Melodicrock.com logo. I'm assuming any graphic designer used on the DWB project may not have been aware of any association.
#4 | Nick C on March 24 2017 13:52:00
I dunno I think it's a bit too close to comfort with the Aerosmith wings to be a coincidence, the skull above is the circled A for all intents and purposes just moved north and the D and B balance out the lower section as per the Aerosmith logo. I'm surprised new bands still use this kind of winged theme now, it's kind of been done to death.
Anyway enough of my griping/observation it's the music that counts at the end of the day.
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