Token Rose video now on YouTube

We’ve put Token Rose, from our Token Rose EP (available on Spotify, iTunes and bandcamp) now on YouTube. It’s not a “new” video proper, just assembling live footage from other videos… all very lo-fi! We don’t have a budget nor friends who can do cool videos for us haha.

We just wanted to put the song out there… you know… we’re still here, still trying to do something better and with more personality than the boring indie music most bands seem to do these days, in Liverpool as much as elsewhere. If you know any other band who’d do a song like Token Rose, with its alternate guitar tuning no-one else has ever used, rhythm track created with circuit-bent kids’ keyboard, moody vocals and which is heavy and rock’n’roll, do let us know! We’re not trying to sound like anything or anyone else – we’re just us and it’s fuckin’ good enough!

You get the picture.

Enjoy the darkness, anyway! And play it LOUD, mofos!

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New Gig! Dirtblonde Live Return with Wry at Jacaranda, Liverpool

Dirtblonde live at Jacaranda

Dirtblonde live at Jacaranda in June!

The world was getting bored so we couldn’t help it and had to sort ourselves out for another live comeback. Dirtblonde plays at Jacaranda on Slater St. Liverpool, on 3rd June. We’re pleased to announce that our Brazilian friends from Wry will also be playing! A great band with shoegaze and britpop influences. Support comes from a new Liverpool band, Food, who are definitely worth watching!

Everyone is too safe, clean and content in Liverpool right now… safe in their belief that the music scene is oh so great here but, sorry to say, we disagree.

No, we don’t belong and we’re happy with that. After all, we are still one of the only bands in Liverpool (the only, maybe!) truly influenced by Sonic Youth, Jesus & Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, Patti Smith… if that makes us outsiders then ok!

What’s wrong with people, here! Frankly, we don’t care. So don’t be boring and join us. Enjoy the noise. A luta continua…

DIRTBLONDE + WRY (Brazil) + FOOD

Jacaranda, Slater st

Wednesday 3rd June from 8pm

3 quid

View Facebook event page

Mello Mello Liverpool Faces Closure!

Oh, shameful news. The Liverpool City Council strikes again… just a few days after we put a night there (coincidence of course, ha!)

Dirtblonde live at Mello Mello, Liverpool

Dirtblonde live at Mello Mello, Liverpool

Today’s post was supposed to be just a quick round up of Dirtblonde’s latest gig, which took place at Mello Mello in Liverpool, last Wednesday. But just last night, news came in that the popular venue is now facing closure, thanks to the Liverpool City Council, who once again seems hell-bent on destroying all that’s fun, bohemian and non-corporate in Liverpool.

Just a few days ago, we had a great time there, putting the latest Dirtblonde gig. We were supported by two ace bands – Beach Skulls, and SeaWitches (who just keep getting better and better!). We had some cool film projections, psychedelic lights and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Afterwards, an influx of happy drunk students flooded Mello Mello, all dancing to the “Dirtblonde Sound System” DJ playlist, which included Azaelia Banks’ ‘212’ (we just GOT to always play it!!!), Wugazi (‘Sleep Rules All Over Me’), Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd (‘Candy And A Currant Bun’), Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra (‘Some Velvet Morning’) and lots of the usual (for us) obscure 60’s French psych, which I’m obssessed with at the moment!

In short – it was great, cheap fun, that could only have happened in Mello Mello, a place that was cheap for us to hire, with good sound and a friendly staff.

We had many good times there (usually at Pete Bentham’s Free Rock & Roll…) and it’s a shame that now it’s seriously facing closure. We hope that the artistic community in Liverpool will once again fight – and beat – the Liverpool City Council! As  the Keep Streets Live campaign showed, when people get together for a good cause, we can fight the law and win!

 We urge anyone reading this to sign the Mello Mello petition, to stop Liverpool City Council from closing the venue!

Finally, here’s a statement from Mello Mello: ‘Liverpool City Council is set to force MelloMello CIC out of business. We will NOT let this happen.

We will fight Liverpool City Council’s unjustified and unexpected decision to slash our business rates relief from 80% to 0%, to demand £30,000.00 a year and force MelloMello into administration. We intend to explore every possible avenue available to us as Liverpool City Council have left MelloMello CIC, its employees, its customers, its users, its local community with nothing left to lose other than everything.

MelloMello was founded, run and staffed by volunteers who have turned a previously derelict building into a vibrant artistic hub of activity and business. The closure of MelloMello will result not only in the loss of facilities for grassroots artistic endeavours but also the loss of over 20 jobs, the loss of trade for other local independent businesses, and the loss of income of ANY business rates for the Council.

MelloMello has never received funding, grants, sponsorship or investment in order to grow. The success of MelloMello is that it has grown out of, quite literally, nothing into one of the city’s favourite bars/restaurants/venues.

‘For the Council to force MelloMello out of business by taking away the only charity it has ever relied upon sends out a clear message of cultural indifference, a blatant lack of acknowledgement for the people who have managed to build a sustainable not-for-profit business out of nothing, and serves as yet another affront to Liverpool’s musical, artistic and creative communities.

MelloMello is worth saving, because once it is gone you will never see anything like it again.

We must ACT NOW to SAVE MELLOMELLO, we must let Liverpool City Council know that MelloMello WILL NOT CLOSE DOWN without a FIGHT.

 

Token Rose – Out on Spotify!

One of the pains of being a small indie band is that sometimes things take a little bit longer to happen… and only now our 5-track EP from last year, Token Rose, made its way to Spotify!

Well, what are you waiting, then? Check it out, playlist it and share with your friends!

Check the new Dirtblonde website!

Dirtblonde have a new website! Check www.dirtblonde.co.uk now!

Dirtblonde new website

Dirtblonde new website - http://www.dirtblonde.co.uk

Download the new Dirtblonde single! Brooklyn / White Horses

You can now download the two new Dirtblonde songs, for FREE! Click on the link below to download a .zip file containing ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘White Horses’ + artwork

click to download the new Dirtblonde single
click to download the new Dirtblonde single
Listen to the new tracks now*:

White Horses

Brooklyn 

*you can also download just the individual tracks by clicking the “down” arrows.

As we announced last Saturday, Dirtblonde won’t be playing any gigs in the near future, but you can expect new recordings soon. We’re not in great moods right now, with our amps being caught and quite possibly damaged by the Korova fire on Hope st, Liverpool.

We’ll post details about the limited-edition “Brooklyn / White Horses” cassette tape release later this week.

Watch ‘Brooklyn’: new Dirtblonde video!

Dirtblonde have completed a new music video, which is available now on YouTube.

click image to watch ‘Brooklyn’ on YouTube and leave your comments!

The song Brooklyn will be available for download on 19th April 2010, alongside White Horses, from www.dirtblonde.co.uk

Inspired by the band´s mini-tour around New York, Brooklyn tells a story of alienation and paranoia in an unfamiliar city…

The video was filmed at Dirtblonde’s local area, at the Liver Laundrette on Aighburth Rd, near Lark Lane, in Liverpool. (Thanks to Beryl – featured wearing a white hair net – for not chucking us out.)

Enjoy, post your comments and don’t forget to visit www.dirtblonde.co.uk again from 19th April, to download the single + bonus tracks!

New Dirtblonde song! Listen to ‘White Horses’ now!

White Horses will be available for FREE download on 19th April, as an online single alongside other newie, Brooklyn.

This song is one of our loudest, most brutal tracks yet – kinda like a full-on punk My Bloody Valentine. When we played it at Liverpool Music Week last year (supporting Bombay Bicycle Club) the audience was left literally speechless! Guess people are not used to some good rock’n’roll noise anymore…well, you’d better get used to it!

Watch new Dirtblonde video! ‘Black Candy’ (Beat Happening cover)

Ok…so we’ve posted it online a few days ago. Our noisy cover of Beat Happenings’ Black Candy, perhaps closer in spirit to the Sonic Youth version.

Click to watch Black Candy on YouTube

This video consists of live footage from a couple of Dirtblonde gigs (at Nice’n’Sleazy in Glasgow and Korova in Liverpool) and gives you a taste of the “Dirtblonde live experience” if you will!
Enjoy, and feel free to tell your friends about it!
More Dirtblonde new tracks and videos coming soon…