After reviewing Dirt Royal‘s live show some weeks ago at a ‘Nightfish’ event at ‘Southbank in the City’, I was delighted when bassist Charlie asked me to review their new release.
‘Waiting for the Radio’ is the 3rd single from this new wave edged rock ‘n’ roll 3 piece following the success of their debut single ‘This is now’ on ‘time for action records’ and their second release ‘Dr Weekend’ on ‘sick boy recordings’ and is available on CD & Digital Download or via Spotify @WWW.DIRTROYAL.CO.UK. It’s fairly difficult to pigeon hole this act as they have broad appeal channelling influences from new wave , mod and various punk culture. In essence, they write catchy anthemic pop songs that have attitude reminiscent of the rebellious bands of the mid to late 70’s with overtones of the pop punk of the 80’s and indie bands of the 90’s. They capture all of this, usually in 3 minute spurts that wake you up and leave you feeling fresh and ready for another sing a long. The Jam meets Green Day with a hint of Libertines is what this rock n roll recipe tastes like.
The B side( if there is such a thing these days) is ‘Bored of your complaining’, another pop indie little ditty with a very strong flavour of punk veterans the Newtown Neurotics and sounds like it could well have been written for the ‘Members’! No wonder this band have been accepted by the die hard ‘Rebellion Festival’ fans that attend year in year out, despite having a cleaner cut image to the type of punk/Oi bands that grace the stages every year.
Bonus track 1,‘Slugger’, has overtones of the ‘Undertones’ but slightly more boisterous, and does remind me of the Lurkers, whereas bonus track 2, ‘Midlife Crisis Hotel’, is a classic acoustic Green Day-esque ballad, probably penned at one of their ‘house gigs’ that nicely rounds off the EP and demonstrates how they most likely write and then develop their songs into melodic explosive cheerful rants.
In my opinion, Dirt Royal were born too late…… they could have easily been very successful had they been around at the time of the bands that have clearly influenced them, and for me, it’s a healthy option to the dreary offerings out their on today’s circuit. You can catch them live, which I strongly recommend, on 10th August, Hotel Pelirocco – Brighton.