At XS Noize, new music is dear to our hearts and we believe that genuinely talented fresh artists deserve a platform to share their material with the world. As such, we will now be showcasing one unsigned act every week, hand picked from submissions by Tom Day for the world to hear. Great news for all you audiophiles out there, but more importantly for those who’s voices deserve to be lifted from the crowd. This week it’s the turn of The Dirty Clergy.
Artist: The Dirty Clergy
For Fans Of: The Killers, The Strokes, The Cure
In Their Own Words:
The Dirty Clergy is a garage rock/pop band from Winfield, Alabama, whose music has been described as vintage rock,indie rock, and “indie rock pop’n’roll” The inspiration for their music and the roots of the band certainly lie in the heart of when rock and roll was at the forefront of music. The Dirty Clergy’s catchy choruses, smooth harmonies, and pop hooks recall the youthful exuberance of the 50s and early 60s, when rock ‘n’ roll was synonymous with rebellion, while the punkish, grungy rhythm guitar, active drumming, and impassioned singing provide an urgent, hard edge.
Formed in 2009 in Winfield, Alabama the band now consists of songwriter/guitarist Brian Manasco, Brad White on vocals, Joshua Pope on guitar, Ky Carter on Bass, and Cody Moorehead on drums. However, the band originally started out as a two piece folk band with Brian Manasco and Tyler Evans writing mostly protest songs. It wasn’t until July 2010 they formed a full fledged rock and roll band.
The band’s “Breakdown” EP was recorded in San Antonio, Texas by Gordon Raphael, well known for his work with The Strokes and Regina Spektor. However, the EP was never officially released. That was followed in 2011 with their first full length album ‘Revival’
2012 saw the band tour extensively across the U.S. garnering positive reviews of their live shows and album. The Dayton City Paper proclaimed the band as a ‘new gear in the rock and roll transmission’.
After a brief time off in 2013, they returned in 2014 to record “Shake, Shake”. The song was featured on mtvU,axsTV and many commercial stations across the U.S. including KYXY 96.5 in San Diego, California. This success landed them the title of 2014’s Rock Artist of the Year from fashion blog Glitter & Stilletos.
The band’s second studio album was recorded in Birmingham, Alabama by Lester Nuby III. The band has received moderate success with it including a top 10 showing on the KKBB Alt speciality charts album category and a top 5 with the single ‘Summer Days’. More recently the band has been featured on Reg’s Coffeehouse on Birmingham Mountain Radio and the KROQ program Rodney on the Roq with Rodney Bingenheimer. Paul Cashmere, Australian music journalist, also picked up on the band’s latest release ‘Rattlesnake’ saying, “This is a band and an album I’m quite excited about. The Dirty Clergy represent everything that made Rock great. They have listened to the past and soaked up the influences. Just as The Stones and The Beatles sourced from Chuck Berry and Little Richard for their first few albums, The Dirty Clergy have taken their cues from Led Zep, The Ramones and maybe a touch of Crazy Horse and early Grunge.”
All I Need:
Why Tom chose The Dirty Clergy for the showcase:
I love garage rock and while their material is familiar it maintains a unique edge. They also show a great variety so every song is different while maintaining their own identity.
Definitely worthy of a listen.
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