Taste of Chaos made its triumphant return in 2015, after a couple years hiatus- this time with a lineup like never before. Sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, featuring acts such as The Used, Story of the Year, Glassjaw, Finch, and DJ Mark Hoppus on the 1’s and 2’s [yep, look it up.. it’s everything you would expect], Dirtbag Clothing just had to be there. This year, the tour is back, billing artists like Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, Senses Fail, and more- making its final stop at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA. Dirtbag will be on the scene in full force- visit the tent and check out special festival deals and offers. Or just say what up!
Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, “WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY” have been nominated for the Carolina Music Awards Rock Band of the Year. Winning this award in 2014, this is the band’s third consecutive year receiving this nomination. The guys appeared on WFMY News in North Carolina this week, sporting some fresh Dirtbag gear. They discuss their newly released E.P., “Looking Inward” and preview the new track, “22”. You can vote for WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY here.
I jump-started my Friday morning by rushing out the door for work. I was still dreary, and in a bit of a haze from the show I had gone to the night before. When I got on the road, I received an email asking me to review the new single from Dirtbag artists, Dear Abbey, entitled: Parasite. Given the condition I was in at this particular time of the day, I was unprepared for the musical kick in my ass that was about to be delivered.
This track busts through the doors with a driving guitar lick, led in by a full-band hulk smash. Right off the bat, I hear a fat, pumping, pulsing kick drum. It cuts right through the heavy guitar rhythms/soaring lead like a fresh blade. This song has gotten my attention; I am wide awake now, and we haven’t even hit the first verse.
So the band pulls back a little; a tight, crunchy rhythm takes over, and out pours the beast himself, Jeremy Hunter. In an era of such steep uncertainty for hard rock, a strong, male-fronted act is exactly what these times call for.. and Jeremy Hunter delivers. The verse builds perfectly into a catchy hook, followed by an expected and appropriately-placed interlude.
From here, the rest of the track writes itself. The above mentioned sequences repeat, and we are taken into a majestic and curious-sounding bridge, which incorporates some neat guitar sound effects. The chorus then plays out two more times, and the song hits its abrupt finish- the lead slowly echoing off into the distance. Although I could feel the punch in this song, I could almost predict what was coming next. This song would make a perfect push for radio play.
Parasite is hot, it’s heavy, and is guaranteed to blow the lid off your brown-bottle flu. Another woe often overlooked in hard rock these days is accessibility [and in many cases, intelligibility]. Without a doubt, this song is accessible, relatable, and radio-ready. I am exceedingly ambitious to hear the rest of Dear Abbey’s new LP, The View From Up Here, available April 15 on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.
Three Dirtbag endorsed bands take part in Radio Contraband’s Annual Convention held in Las Vegas which brings together top Radio Program Directors, Record Labels, Management, Promotions and DJ’s. VIAL8, THE EVERYDAY LOSERS and HALIWEL are taking advantage of the sponsorship program by submitting their songs for a “RATE THE MUSIC” portion of the convention where all parties listen and review each song and provide invaluable feedback as well as national exposure directly to the industry they are going after. These three bands are the ones that everyone should be looking out for in 2015!
Lou Brutus is the MAN!!!. You can check out his Bio but in short You’ll here him on SiriusXM, syndicated show “HardDrive with Lou Brutus” and in his own bands, The DEAD SCHEMBECHLERS and THE GRUMPY OLD PUNKS. So You can see why Lou is the MAN around the halls of Dirtbag and what most people may not know is Lou is one hell of a photographer as well. With all that the best and most important thing of all is, we call him our Friend and fellow DIRTBAG!!
The Host’s of THAT METAL SHOW have been Dirtbag friends for years and we can’t thank them enough for supporting the Metal community and better yet supporting Dirtbag for all these years!
Jim even did a comedy show at our old store which was pretty metal and in a future post we’ll give the world a peek at what turned out to be the most unique comedy show ever!
Thanks guys and know all the Dirtbag family loves the show!
PS. for those that may not know Jim has a massive collection of Concert Tee’s so for a Dirtbag shirt to make it into the rotation that’s a MASSIVE Honor!
Thanks again truly means a lot to me and the whole team.
A Fellow Dirtbag fan sent this to us and I’m stoked to help spread the word. Vic Firth and DW Drums have been long time friends to Dirtbag and I can’t thank Tommy enough for wearing one of our shirts (we had no idea). I wish I could say fans could buy this same shirt but it’s at least a few years old and we don’t make it anymore…. I love the fact that Dirtbag shirts stay in “rotation” for many many years! Tommy much appreciated and props on your artist spotlight as it’s well deserved.
Controversial industry blogger Bob Lefsetz sat with IMS partner Pete Tong for an animated chat. Stand back! Lefsetz was his usual, brutally honest self…