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!


Too Late (Acoustic demo)

We have just made available on our Soundcloud an old acoustic demo, Too Late. This is a song Dirtblonde have never played live before or had the chance to record properly. Listen now:

Dirtblonde gigs with The Shondes (Brooklyn)

Dirtblonde are playing two gigs with ace band The Shondes, from Brooklyn, in the next few days.

The Shondes + Dirtblonde gigs in Liverpool and Manchester

The Shondes + Dirtblonde gigs in Liverpool and Manchester

Dirtblonde and The Shondes were booked to play together a few years ago at Canada’s very own “South By Southwest”-style festival, the  North By Northwest festival (also known as NXNE), but we couldn’t do it due to lack of funds, because we had already gone to Austin’s SXSW that same year!

So, it’s great that our paths have finally crossed! The Shondes are a really cool punk band who’ve been praised by Picthfork, MTV, Entertainment Weekly and many others, and who are playing in Liverpool for the very first time…

First off, our bands will join Mashemon and So Sexual for a gig at the new Lomax in Liverpool, next Friday 19th October. Doors 8pm, only £3 in! It’ll be an amazing night with film projections, DJ and four ace bands… if you’re around, don’t miss it!

Next, Dirtblonde and The Shondes will support Spotlight Kid at TROF Fallowfield in Manchester, on Thursday 25th October. Doors 8pm, only £3 in!

View Facebook event here:

Dirtblonde + SeaWitches + Beach Skulls live at Mello Mello this week!

Dirtblonde play at Mello Mello Liverpool

How come no one in Liverpool has thought about this before? Putting these three bands –  three of the best and most unique guitar bands in Liverpool, we think! – to play on the same bill: Dirtblonde, SeaWitches and Beach Skulls.

Well, that’s exactly what’s happening this Wednesday at Mello Mello (Slater Street, corner by Parr Street) and fans of guitar music can’t miss this!

After all, this will be a very special bill, featuring sonic delights far superior to the usual safe, cliched indie that dominates most guitar music in the North West. Dirtblonde will bring our usual Sonic Youth-meets-Suicide-meets-Patti Smith noise; SeaWitches offer their very special blend of dark, psych guitar music; and Beach Skulls will open proceedings with their lo-fi surf music inspired by Link Wray (and approved by Ken Dodd!)

Add to this: cool film projections, psychedelic lights and the ‘Dirtblonde Sound System’ pumping some ace tunes through Mello Mello’s PA, all for the modest entry fee of £4, and you have all you need for a memorable evening.

If you’re in Liverpool this Wednesday 19th September, don’t miss this gig – after all, it’s not just Liverpool Biennial and the usual Freshers Week carnage going on this week… But some excellent rock’n’roll, too!

Dirtblonde + SeaWitches + Beach Skulls
Live at Mello Mello (Slater st.)
Doors 8pm / £4 entry

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Dirtblonde DJ Set at Kazimier Garden!

This Summer has been quite often a depressing washout but one of the best things that happened in Liverpool was the opening of the new beer garden at the Kazimier… we love it there!
Kazimier Garden Liverpool Dirtblonde DJ set Friday 3rd August at the Kazimier Garden, Liverpool!

So, we’re quite pleased to announce that Ivan will be doing a DJ set at the Kazimier Garden on Friday 3rd August! Expect 60’s Brazilian music, French psychedelia, Trunk Records oddities and lots of other cool stuff!

The Kazimier Garden will be THE place to be this weekend in Liverpool, with FestEvol going on on Saturday… so why not get started one day earlier and visit the Kazimier on Friday and enjoy some cool music!

From 8pm. FREE ENTRY!


The DJ set was a success… Ivan played some really cool stuff and got lots of people dancing! Here’s some of the tracks played:

  • Thee Oh Sees, ‘I Need Seed’
  • Black Lips, ‘Oh Katrina’, ‘Veni Vidi Vici’
  • Azealia Banks, ‘212’
  • Kool Keith, ‘Trees’
  • Santigold, ‘Freak Like Me’
  • Jay Z vs. Danger Mouse, ’99 Problems’
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre, ‘Anemone’
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot, ‘Contact’
  • Stereolab, ‘We’re Not adult Oriented’
  • Olivia Tremor Control, ‘The Opera House’
  • Johnny Trunk, ‘Zeus’, ‘Crank Two’
  • Basil Kirchin, ‘Viva Tamla Motown’
  • CAN, ‘Millionspiel’
  • Amon Dull, ‘Archangel Thunderbird’
  • Ennio Morricone, ‘La Moda’, ‘Party Music’
  • Jupiter Apple, ‘Menina Super Brasil’
  • Mutantes, ‘Nao Va Se Perder Por Ai’
  • John Maus, ‘Head For The Country’
  • Mohammed Rafi, ‘Jaan Pehechaan Ho’
  • Liverpool, ‘Danca da Chuva’
  • Jacques Dutronc, ‘Hippie Hippie Hourrah’
  • Primal Scream, ‘When The Kingdom Comes’
  • Violent Femmes, ‘Dance Motherfucker Dance’
  • British Sea Power, ‘No Lucifer’
  • The Rolling Stones, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’

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Dirtblonde gig next week at Next To Nowhere!

Dirtblonde are playing a gig in Liverpool next Saturday 16th June. We’re headlining at the dark, deep and decidedly anti-mainstream community venue, Next To Nowhere (aka Liverpool Social Centre). In case you’ve never been there – it’s the basement next door to the News From Nowhere bookshop, on 96 Bold St.

Supporting us, the excellent melodic noise of Aeroplane Flies High, so make sure to get there early!


Don’t miss another Dirtblonde set of pure rock’n’roll noise! First band on at 8.45pm, Dirtblonde on at 9.45pm.

Dirtblonde live at Next To Nowhere

Doors 8pm

Only £3

Dirtblonde rockin’ @ Free Rock & Roll: Pics

Dirtblonde’s set at Mello Mello’s popular Free Rock & Roll night, last Thursday 16th February in Liverpool, was the band’s first gig of 2012 and it went down pretty well…perhaps a bit too well: it ended up in a unholy mess of noise, broken gear and blood. The audience, of course, loved it…

Lula rockin' @ Free Rock & Roll, Mello Mello, Liverpool

Lula rockin' @ Free Rock & Roll, Mello Mello, Liverpool

The set was more or less like Dirtblonde’s usual: short, fiery and loud, full of fuzzy guitars and dark moody vocals. When the band reached the last song, everyone seemed to be really enjoying it… except for Ivan, who had some technical issues with his gear throughout the set. Result: it was the cue to get really destructive at the noisy, messy improvisation finale that usually finishes off Dirtblonde gigs.

While Lula was kneeling on the floor abusing her bass,  Ivan proceeded to repeatedly bash his guitar on the floor and – accidentally – against his own head, resulting in a cut under his left eyebrow that bled profusely. The guitar was less lucky – much to the excitement of some drunken kids in the audience, who relished in helping Ivan to destroy it, by grabbing the broken neck of the guitar and beating it to bits, too!

Ivan abusig his guitar at Free Rock & Roll, Mello Mello, Liverpool

Ivan abusing his guitar at Free Rock & Roll, Mello Mello, Liverpool

Well… you could say that a Dirtblonde gig is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get, haha. We certainly don’t aim to get that destructive all the time… we can’t afford it! But if you missed this gig, you missed some true, unadultered ROCK AND ROLL, like you don’t get to see that often. Because, let’s be honest, most other indie bands out there in the UK are too fuckin’ nice and boring these days!

Don’t forget to check for upcoming Dirtblonde live dates.

All photos by Shay (Magicube77)

Dirtblonde new ‘Token Rose’ E.P. Out Now!

Dirtblonde new set of songs, the ‘Token Rose’ E.P., is out now and available as digital download or limited-edition CD, which you can purchase from

Dirtblonde Token Rose sleeve

Dirtblonde Token Rose E.P. out now!

It’s a varied mix of loud distorted guitars, acoustic guitars, shoegaze, fuzzy blues and lo-fi…a true rollercoaster ride of an E.P.!

And we’re promoting it with a string of dates, starting Thursday 13th October with our Token Rose E.P. Launch party at Tabac, in Liverpool. VIEW INFO

We’re also playing at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool on 25th October, supporting She Keeps Bees, and at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on 31st October, supporting Tribes. For more info about these gigs go to the LIVE section of our website.

Watch new ‘Lonesome Girl’ video!

We made a little music video for new song ‘Lonesome Girl’, from our new ‘Token Rose’ E.P.

Watch it now:

Listen to new song ‘Lonesome Girl’ (Preview)

Here’s just a 30 second taster of new Dirtblonde song ‘Lonesome Girl’, from the forthcoming ‘Token Rose’ E.P. (released 6th October and available from ) Enjoy!