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

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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.

 

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!

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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 gig review: Psycho Motel IX at The Kazimier, Liverpool

Dirtblonde at Psycho Motel IX, The Kazimier Liverpool

As is often the case when Dirtblonde plays in front of a discerning audience who’s open to the dark corners of rock’n’roll, our gig at The Kazimier in Liverpool early this month went down a storm! It was Psycho Motel’s 1st Birthday party and Dirtblonde’s last gig in 2011! It’s been a fun year, but despite playing gigs supporting some well-known bands such as Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Tribes, few of our gigs have been as fun as Psycho Motel!

 Here’s what a reviewer had to say:

“…it was Dirtblonde who were starting the nights entertainment. A duo who have definitely come from the darker influences of punk and early rock. Heavily reliant on distorted, fuzzy guitar sounds and simple vocal arrangements. They reminded me of Joy Division, The Ramones, even a bit of the Strokes.

“The female vocals lead you on a bleak soundtrack to bad memories and you won’t come away from a Dirtblonde gig feeling elated in any way. But their brand of dark and sincere punk tinged rock is unique and I can’t help but think that, if Dirtblonde were in a club in NY in the eighties, then these would be more of a household name. That doesn’t mean that this band live in obscurity, far from it.

“Having played in various countries around the world, and gaining an underground fan base in Liverpool, Dirtblonde will be gracing the darker side of all of us for the foreseeable future.”

To read the full review about the rest of Psycho Motel IX at the Kazimier, please visit ManGoneBlog.

Psycho Motel IX photographs here.

Dirtblonde Token Rose E.P. Launch – in Pics!

Dirtblonde, live at their E.P launchIt was a sweaty evening.  It was great to see family, friends and fans (old and new – including a loveable wino who shouted “We love you!” and then said “I’m normally getting thrown out of here!”)

The set was short, comprising the songs off the Token Rose E.P. that was being launched (minus In Furs) plus two oldies.

Cakes were eaten, wine was drank, and everyone had a great time! Dirtblonde managed to create a really cool atmosphere with lights and projections on the screen, and the Chew Disco Djs Emma & Khalil made sure we all partied to a very cool soundtrack! Alas it was all too brief, but it was fun while it lasted.

Here’s some pics from Dirtblonde’s set (courtesy of Andrew and Jen):

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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.bandcamp.com

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 http://dirtblonde.bandcamp.com ) Enjoy!

Dirtblonde Token Rose E.P. Launch Details + Tracklisting!

Dirtblonde Token RoseThe new Token Rose E.P. from Dirtblonde will be released on 6th October on CD and digital download formats.

It’ll be available to purchase directly from the band on dirtblonde.bandcamp.com as well as from other sites such as iTunes and Spotify. 

The E.P. tracks are:

  1. Token Rose
  2. Broken Glass
  3. In Furs | listen
  4. Lonesome Girl
  5. Machine

And to celebrate the release, we’re throwing a party! The E.P. launch party will take place at Cafe Tabac on Bold St. Liverpool (view Google map), on Thursday 13th October.

The official launch party will be between 7pm-9pm and will include free wine & cakes (while they last!), Chew Disco Dj set, plus a Dirtblonde live set. Hopefully the Token Rose video will be completed by then, so we may show it, too.

The Token Rose E.P. is  a taster of our forthcoming album, ‘Hours’, which will be released in the New Year.

The launch party at Tabac is a free event but it’s GUEST LIST ONLY, so please RSVP to theband@dirtblonde.co.uk or put yourself as ‘attending’ on this event’s FACEBOOK PAGE to guarantee entry.

Dirtblonde now on Spotify!

Dirtblonde on Spotify

Dirtblonde now on Spotify...

You can now hear Dirtblonde tracks on Spotify, the popular digital music service.

So if you’re a Spotify user, go and create a Dirtblonde playlist to share with your friends and spread the word!!!