From a neighbourhood in Glasgow, The Dirty Blonde carry on the tradition of making great guitar pop songs, while taking inspiration from the the likes of R.E.M. and DIY heroes Ween, an early exposure to Scotland’s folk scene, and twisting in elements of Lemonheads, Husker Du and local heroes Teenage Fanclub. Also, reminiscent of the buzz gutiar heavy, sugar sweet indie rock of shoegazers like Swervedriver.
Sugarmilk is a well rounded and very competent debut album. Blending indie pop sing-a-long songs like ‘Goodbye: Tiny Fractures‘ to the heavier buzzin fuzz garage rock, Husker Du influenced tracks like ‘Take You Under’ to the introspective alternative shoegaze of ‘Bottom Feeder’ and ‘Start Over’, with the rest falling somewhere in between, fusing the separate parts together into a cohesive, alt-rock debut album that stands out from the crowd.
‘Take You Under‘, which was released as a single earlier this year, may sound like a staple indie dance floor filler, but it’s soon elevated by Danny Gallagher’s gravel-coated vocals allied to the beautifully constructed interplay between guitars, bass and drums.
‘Never Suited You‘, my personal favourite, has that pure element of sounding familiar, and will have heads nodding and toes tapping.
Buzzin with musical energy from a young age, brothers Danny (lead vocals & guitar) and Paddy Gallagher (bass & vocals) along with Dean Canale (drums) and David Rybacki (guitar & vocals) were often kicked out of music classes at school, but refused to be discouraged as they experimented with a range of electronics, pedals and any other noise-making devices, as they attempted to push their sound to the limit.
The Dirty Blonde – Sugarmilk is a great album. Full of energy, buzzin guitar, gravel vocals and sunshine smiles. Sugarmilk is available via Two States Recording.