Friday, June 14, 2024

The Dirty Denims know the meaning of Party On!

Dutch band The Dirty Denims follow up 2019’s Ready, Steady,Go! with another exclamatory title… Party On! The ten tracks continue their clever blend of hard rock interlaced with punk, pop and that all-important sense of fun. Imagine the offspring of AC/DC, The Stranglers and Blondie with Joan Jett as a special guest, unleashed in the studio with no limits to hold them back.

The fun starts with the opening title track confirming the mix of rock, pop, punk and a hint of rock ’n’ roll continues with this crafted good time, beer-drinking song that’ll be a blast live; especially the bass-driven middle section leading to a neat guitar solo before the “Party On!” cry continues. ‘Victory’ is a more subtle serving of that recipe. ‘Guestlist’ rumbles into life nicely and ‘We Won’t Stop’ keeps the energy levels high with the Angus-like riff.

Elsewhere, ‘Devil In Me’ has Bowie undertones and would have been a hit in the 70s. ‘Come On’ gives Whitesnake with AC/DC in a heady mix. ‘Too Loud, Too Old’ has a feather plucked from Budgie in their (relatively) laid back songs. ‘I Want It Now’ has hints of punk as done by Gillan, the band, and the closer ‘Why Do I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night?’ is 80s stadium rock done as well as the best and better than a lot of them!

The Dirty Denims have done it again with an album packed with good time rock… OK, it’s not heavy but the party atmosphere they manage to pour through your speakers is irresistible and is great in one sitting; or to use as lighter moments of happiness in your weighty playlists.

Give it a listen, you’ll be surprised how accessible and fun this band is.

Party On! is out on 24th May 2024.

Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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