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I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. If you are a Dirtbag and you listen to rock, metal, or heavy music this applies to you especially. This is a big year for the Grammy’s. 60 years they’ve been throwing and organizing this party. I know, I know. Awards for art is a silly concept. Is it? Is rewarding the hard work of group’s of people helping to produce the best music to the most people so far fetched? Don’t you like discovering new music as well as nostalgically reliving old records that have been repurchased multiple times or have physically started to decay because you listened so much?
It’s not. We just have to change our approach. We need to be able to recognize a promotional opportunity, and who and what it supports. Posting about your favorite band or recording is one way. Sharing tour schedules, going to shows, buying merchandise and music are certainly others. What about promoting bigger accomplishments? Like Mastodon being nominated for multiple Grammy’s once again! or how about Nothing More’s 3 Grammy nominations during their first at bat. If those dudes, don’t win at least one Grammy. I will never watch the Grammy’s again. I really feel like the Grammy Voting Members got it right this time. Hell, Nothing More is currently on a European tour after just finishing a US tour. Back to back. What pop star or country artist is able to do that at Nothing More’s level? We should be celebrating these guys and “our industry’s” accomplishments.
These great bands in our home genre have done their part and delivered to us timeless amazing music to help fuel our lives. We MUST return the favor. Even if you have never heard of them, seen a show, don’t like the nominations or even like award shows. Supporting these artists and the others like Meshuggah sets a huge precedence in our part of music. If we want heavy music to grow, we must add new listeners. To add new listeners, we must tell them about these bands that are being lifted upon the thrown of the Grammy’s. What better way than show them the best for 2017? The best of our music and the best of what we like. Show your friends these artists whom they normally wouldn’t listen to.
Convert them all.
Now is the time. Share the post. Spread the word. Celebrate our victory.
Congratulations to all the Rock and Metal nominees. Dirtbags support you.
There once was a workhorse called Elisium
Whose home was a white metal box on 4 rubber wheels
They were a 3-piece outfit made up of 3 Days Grace and Chevelle,
A pinch of magic, a little mystery or even a little something more…
They’re songs are ambient and brainy
Provoking and aggressive
They are the real deal
Looking them in the eyes will tell you
That’s what it takes in 2017
and what most bands don’t have,
Confidence in themselves and a room to command
A gift of brothers who choose to walk the less traveled path
Setting the example, being bold, and taking a stand
Against the odds, and the trials and tribulations,
And the absolute beauty
of being in a modern rock n roll band
It’s about the “short cuts” and the “small things”
And the blood, sweat and tears… the love, and the passion
The dedication, and the life of effort that goes into it
I’ve been a fan for a few years, especially after sharing some stages
Significantius Vitae XIXXVII is this latest of 4 releases
Open your browser and just copy and paste it
Go to your phone your itunes, or your spotify
Click on the search bar and type E L I S I U M
Significantius Vitae is a good fuckin record, good job boys. I’m gonna be listening to this one for awhile.
5 out of 5 horns
Curse The Fall…. A 4-piece hard rock metal core blend of midwestern musical sauvignon. These boys are from the OKC in our beloved panhandle state. I’m a fan of Oklahomans already so this interview may be a little bias. I’ve personally toured through Lawton and OKC multiple times and love both. Last August, we played on a Sunday night to at least 75 people. Good job Oklahoma. There is a lot of hardworking talent and venues that support the heavy music community. I’m honored and humbled to give my opinion of one their own.
Seasons is a 4:00 min rock hard gritty wall of sound consisting of squishy and pronounced guitars, a bass guitar that fills every 200-500hz void like a musical metal jelly doughnut. You know… like bacon on a maple glazed kind of doughnut… So fuckin good. The drum performance that was captured sounds good. Like the drummer showed up motivated and willing to do his job. Good job! I do feel that drums could have been mixed a bit larger. But what the fuck do i know. And… the singer. I always enjoy a singer who can actually present himself with some emotion, character, and presentation. It sounds like he hasn’t quite found his unique identity as a vocalist, you know that thing we all feel when Randy, Howard, Jesse or one of the lovely Butcher Babies gets behind the mic, but he is well on his way. As the entire band is.
I like the overall composition and length of the song. The dynamics between all the instruments was well thought out and executed for a hard-rock metalcore snack. Although, I believe the bass could have been thicker in the low end and the drums could have been larger the overall mix is good. Sort of like spicy Chex mix without those burnt toasty crunchy things that nobody likes. It’s a tad bit messy getting the Chex dust on your fingers while eating it but you can’t stop eating it because the overall mission is being accomplished. This song fills the belly of the heavy music listeners soul. Thank you.
Gotta go get some spicy Chex mix and listen to the rest of the EP titled Symbiosis which will be available for your listening and purchasing pleasure 11/21/17. Buy Curse The Fall’s new record Symbiosis and then prepare to mack down on Thanksgiving dinner a few days later… I see what you guys did there. Good work! Maybe we’ll see you in OKC sometime or somewhere down the road.
4.0 out of 5 Horns
Dirtbag Artist Traverse The Abyss from Scranton, PA have released a new track titled Battle Cry. Click the link to check it out!
We can all agree that 2017 is a strange time to be alive. A time wrought with scandal and tragedy on what seems to be a daily basis. While we all carry different perspectives and ideas about the past, present and future, Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, SUBURBAN VERMIN have given an artistic take on our modern day of weird. “TV HEAD NATION” is the name of their first ever comic book series, and it is being released alongside some new music from the band, as well as some other goodies and add-ins.
I had a chat with the band about the series.
Are you tired of eating the worms at the bottom of your tequila? Are your pockets lined with cash? Do you love vintage motorcycles so much that you live, breathe and.. drink them?
If you answered yes to all three of these- look no further. A new product has hit the market, and it was made just for you.
World-class custom bike builder, Uwe Ehinger, AKA The Archaeologist, has recently released a new line of gin, ‘infused’ with actual parts from classic Harley Davidson Motorcycles. That’s right- each vintage chic bottle comes with a pretty good-sized hunk of old engine floating around in it… the spirit of a Harley in your cup of spirit.
We at Dirtbag Clothing think this designer gin is ‘totally metal’.. and would love to give it a try. It comes in three revved up varieties:
- For your entry level biker dude, the 1962 Panhead- weighing in at about $1060.
- For the guy who is serious about drinking motorcycle parts, but is not entirely sold on this marveling concept, the 1947 Knucklehead- available at a cool $1175.
- And lastly, the only gift worthy of kings, or maybe just the ruler of your bike club.. the 1939 Flathead- the true premium option at around $1300.
At prices like these, this gin is nothing to shake a camshaft at. A neat relic, as well as attention to detail are the biggest selling points here. Every bottle comes packaged with a fancy paper insert, printed on some 1930’s printing press, bearing the stories of the engine parts enclosed.. I don’t know about you, but I always like to know the true origins of the engine I’m sippin’ on.
Lastly, the burning question: is it safe for me to drink steel Harley Davidson components from the mid-twentieth century? A quick dive into the statements from the company says it is. Apparently the parts are specially cleansed and coated with some space-aged food-safe tin alloy… seems legit.
The gin can be purchased at The Archaeologist’s Website.