THE DIRTY DENIMS
READY STEADY GO!
Released on July 3, 2020 (Handclap Records)
The Dirty Denims — where have you been? Once again, here is yet another band that I had never heard about until a few months ago that has come up with an absolutely killer record but that has been around for more than a decade. It just shows you that no matter how many new bands that Sleaze Roxx has covered in almost 20 years, there are always some new groups to discover that fit the website’s musical scope almost perfectly. Think a faster paced AC/DC meets old school Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and you have a flavour of what The Dirty Denims sound like.
My first taste of the Dutch rockers goes back to November of last year. As soon as I heard the band’s title track to its latest EP Ready Steady Go! – Part 1, I knew right away that this is a group that should be covered on Sleaze Roxx. Although I liked what I heard, it wasn’t until I put on the full-length CD Ready Steady Go! last week for a spin (I’m not sure what happened to the Part 2 EP) that I realized just how much I was going to dig The Dirty Denims‘ new album. First, my arms started playing some air guitar while listening to the intro guitar riff, which was then followed by some air drumming when the drums really kicked in. By the time that the song got to the chorus section, I was happily singing “Ready Steady Go!.” I say “happily” because The Dirty Denims have branded their type of rock n’ roll as “happy rock” which fits it to a T.
The brainchild behind The Dirty Denims appears to be guitarist Jeroen Teunis who wrote all of the music for the songs on Ready Steady Go! and he also penned the lyrics with lead vocalist Mirjam Sieben. Speaking of lyrics, for the most part, The Dirty Denims‘ lyrics are pretty simple such as the obvious AC/DC references on “Thunder From Down Under” but they did come up with some very witty lyrics at times such as the phrase “Rocking is our expertise” that stands out during the title track. After listening to the killer title track, I was at first a little concerned that the some of the other songs were a little too simple or sometimes a little slower paced than I would like but after a few listens, I found myself singing along to all of the songs so those concerns went out the window.
And that’s the beauty of the album Ready Steady Go! as it simply rocks from start to finish with no breaks in between. The Dirty Denims do take some risks on certain songs by incorporating additional instruments. For the most part, those risks pay off but I could definitely live without the unnecessary organ on “Too Much Information.” That being said, the piano on “Roll The Dice” works really well and the same goes for the handclaps from bassist Marc Eijkhout and drummer Suzanne Driessen on “Messin’ Around.” While checking out the track listing for the album, I noticed that the second song “Last Call For Alcohol” was repeated at the end but under the guise of a ‘Hangover Version.’ I have to confess that I have always hated when bands repeat tracks on records even if the versions are slightly different but this time around, I was converted. Why you may ask? Well, let’s just say that the “Hangover Version’ of “Last Call For Alcohol” is an absolutely killer version of the track complete with a whistling solo that rivals the very memorable one on Guns N’ Roses‘ classic track “Patience.”
Whenever I really like an album from a band that I am just discovering for the first time, I usually end up hunting down all of the group’s discography. Two years ago, it was The Lazys who caught my attention and although I was able to find quite a few of their very hard to find EPs, the reality is that the Australian rockers refined their sound in a huge way once they got some help from Billy Talent guitarist Ian D’Sa in the songwriting compartment. Last year, it was seemingly little known Canadian rockers Page 38 that caught my attention. Page 38 experienced even more growth than The Lazys from their first two albums to their brilliant EP Burning The Midnight Oil released last year. This year, it is The Dirty Denims that have caught my attention and luckily for me, all of their prior albums are on sale on their website. I ended up purchasing the EP Going Out (2009), the EP Wanna Be Famous (2012), High Five (2014) and Back With A Bang! (2017) but forgot to add the EP Ready Steady Go! – Part 1. In any case, if The Dirty Denims‘ prior albums are even half as good as Ready Steady Go!, I’m in for a real treat. Ready Steady Go! is easily one of my favorite albums of the year thus far.
01. Ready, Steady, Go!
02. Last Call For Alcohol
03. Too Much Information
04. Thunder From Down Under
05. Turn Off The Radio
06. Roll The Dice
07. Messin’ Around
08. Creatures of The Night
09. Band Not A Brand
10. Beautiful (My Darling)
11. Last Call For Alcohol (Hangover Version)
Mirjam Sieben – lead vocals, backing vocals, organ, piano
Jeroen Teunis, – guitars, backing vocals
Marc Eijkhout – bass, backing vocals, handclaps
Suzanne Driessen – drums, percussion, handclaps
Roel Blommers – tambourine (10), whistle solo (11)
Recorded and mixed by Roel Blommers
Mastered by Pier-Durk Hogeterp
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, July 2020
The Dirty Denims‘ “Ready Steady Go!” video:
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