MAGNET EXCLUSIVE: PREMIERE OF THE DIRTY CLERGY’S “WHIPLASH” VIDEO
Over the past decade, the Dirty Clergy—after a handful of lineup changes, it’s now the trio of vocalist/guitarist Brian Manasco, bassist Ky Carter and drummer Cody Moorehead—has made the transition from a folk-oriented duo to a full band exploring a crisp garage-rock sound infused with lots of shoegaze touches. It all comes together brilliantly for the the Birmingham, Ala., group on the dozen-track In Waves (Cornelius Chapel), which ambitiously clocks in at almost an hour.
“Whiplash” is the fourth single/video from In Waves. “It’s a song where the title came first, and I just wrote around it,” says Manasco. “It’s basically the end of a relationship when things are mostly fine during the day. Maybe because there are more things and people to keep you occupied. When the sun starts to sink, things slow down, everything starts to come back to perspective: ‘The feeling begins when the sun goes down/The stealing of hearts and the inevitable dead sound.’”
Dexateens – Live from Athens, GA – Heathens Homecoming 2020
Recorded way back in February at the 40 Watt Club when the world was a little different, this live album will undoubtedly remind you of the sweat-soaked pleasures of being packed along with other fiends to see a bad ass rock-n-roll band tear the roof off the place. The band’s musical cues include The Andy Griffith Show, Link Wray, and the Ramones, which gives you an idea of the playful but powerful approach the band takes. Lots of favorites but the album-ending attack of “Teenager,” which best brandishes the band’s southern rock and garage punk pedigree, is my favorite song of the year so far.
SONG PREMIERE: DIRTY STREETS EXUDE 70S ROCK AND ROLL BRAVADO WITH BLUESY TAKE ON OTIS REDDING’S “TELL THE TRUTH”
Today Glide is excited to premiere “Tell The Truth,” one of the standout tracks on the new album. Coming in hot with a wave Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar that turns into a loose blues riff, Toland sings in a style that feels equal parts Dan Auerbach and cranked up 70s rock and roller. Backed by a steady in-the-pocket beat, he rambles along with little flourishes of guitar before laying into a blistering solo at the tail end of the song. The song is both a faithful rendition of Otis Redding’s classic song and an inventive, bluesy interpretation that feels feisty and modern.
Toland explains the inspiration behind recording Redding’s tune: “It’s rare that a song connects with me on a level deep enough to make me want to record it, but when I first heard Otis Redding’s version of the song, I knew I wanted to cover it. It seemed so natural to play that our personal arrangement of it just flowed out in a natural way. The style that came through on the Otis Redding version was definitely the definitive sound of Booker T and the MGs as the backing band. Instead of trying to imitate that, we just tried to get the same feel on it. “
Dirty Streets’ Rough and Tumble will be released on limited vinyl, CD and digital & streaming platforms on July 31st via Alive Naturalsound Records.
MXDWN PREMIERE: The Dirty Clergy Release Slow Burning Garage Rock Song “Born to Lose” By Matthew Matasci
The Dirty Clergy are back with a new song with guitarist Brian Manasco taking over the vocal duties, helming a classic-sounding garage rock style. The new song we’re premiering today is “Born To Lose,” which was written by Manasco when he was receiving autonomic testing.
“I wrote ‘Born to Lose’ while at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN,” Manasco said. “I had been sent there for autonomic testing as I was diagnosed with dysautonomia/POTS. I wrote it from the view of someone who just gets dumped on every which way they turn. Try to do good, it doesn’t work, do the best in relationships, doesn’t work. In the end you have to look out for yourself, because chances are no one else is going to. No matter what they tell you.”
“The video is in reverse,” he said. “It was just another way that we could do a video that didn’t closely relate anything we had done before.”
Garage Rockers the Bobby Lees Pay Tribute to “Wendy” (premiere) By Jedd Beaudoin
The Bobby Lees’ “Wendy” is a simmering slice of riot ‘n’ roll that could have come from the garage or the gutter but brims with punk attitude.
The Bobby Lees’ new record Skin Suit was produced by punk legend Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion and will be released 17 July via Alive Naturalsound Records. Orange-colored vinyl is also available. In advance of the record, the group have released “Wendy”, a weird, energetic slice of riot ‘n’ roll that has plenty of punk attitude. Did it crawl from the gutter? The garage? It doesn’t matter because it’s a full-on assault that will have you hitting the repeat button faster than a Western gunslinger reaches for his piece in the heat of battle.
Bobby Lees‘ frontwoman Sam Quartin says, “This song is about a really cool old lady I knew named Wendy. I used to give her rides around town because she was disabled and couldn’t drive, but she had a great spirit and loved rock and roll, so I wanted to make a song for her.”
American Songwriter weighs-in on Dirty Streets’ latest album on Alive Naturalsound Records, where music writer Hal Horowitz says it “a taut, punchy, party-ready soundtrack. These guys have been pounding out this music for over a decade and like AC/DC, they have the arrangements and meat and potatoes pocket locked down tight. Dirty Streets churn out blue-jeans, retro tinged, unapologetically nasty rawk as if they invented it.”
Video Premiere: Cave States “The End is Around the Corner”
We’re pleased to premiere this gently driving new single from Cave States. It’s the title track from their new EP, due to drop on 24th July. The video was filmed before the quarantine by St Louis videographer and musician, Sean Garcia. It follows a group of old friends coming together on a night out in St. Louis. Members of the band are joined by Steven Fitzpatrick Smith (pub owner and boxing event planner) and Eric Woods (owner of Firecracker Press) drinking, laughing, sharing stories and attending a Golden Gloves boxing tournament together.
Band members Chris Grabau and Danny Kathriner have reflected on the song-writing process. Grabau says: “Danny and I will sometimes write prompts on pieces of scrap paper and put them into a cup. He drew the phrase and it resonated with us immediately. We talked about how the absurd concept of ‘the end times’ had an influence on our upbringing and the people around us. We both grew up in semi-rural communities informed by the Book of Revelations. The ‘end of days’ were always just around the corner.”
Jerry Leger Teams with Moby Grape’s Don Stevenson for “Halfway ‘Til Gone” (premiere) By Jedd Beaudoin
Reminiscent of Lee Hazlewood and the Everly Brothers, Jerry Leger’s “Halfway ‘Til Gone” is available on all streaming platforms on 6 August. Singer-songwriter Jerry Leger has teamed with Moby Grape’s Don Stevenson for the new single, “Halfway ‘Til Gone”, which arrives on digital and streaming platforms 6 August. Reminiscent of classic 1960s music, the tune is a subtle but important reminder of Leger’s prowess with the pen. Think Lee Hazlewood or the Everly brothers at their finest. It’s a dreamy slice of pop/Americana that is haunting and true.