Eindoven “happy hard rock” band The Dirty Denims are set to release their latest album Ready, Steady, Go! on 3 July. It is a versatile album full of hard rock, power pop and punk rock that will go down well with fans of The Amorettes and Tequila Mockingbyrd. The band have supported the likes of Slash, Whitesnake and Steel Panther and will hopefully make it over to the UK one day… if Brexit doesn’t kill off the chances of smaller European bands coming over here to tour, and the government support the live music scene in order for venues to survive after the pandemic. Enough politics – time for some rock n’ roll!
This is the band’s first full-length album since 2017’s Back With A Bang (reviewed by Katie) and is another solid album of catchy and energetic rock songs from the Dutch four-piece. I won’t do a track-by-track review, but give you a little taste of what you can expect:
Opening (and title) track “Ready Steady Go!” was released as a single back in November 2019 and features an AC/DC-esque riff together with Mirjam’s recognisable rock-chick vocals. The album starts as it means to go on with this energetic track.
“Thunder From Down Under” is a fitting tribute to Aussie rock legends AC/DC, and “Beautiful (My Darling)” is a toe-tapping, groovy love song.
“Band Not A Brand” has flavours of The Clash and explores the topic of band shirts being sold in high street stores and being worn by people who can’t name a single song by the band on the t-shirt they are wearing – something I feel particularly strongly about!
The album’s closing track is an acoustic version (hangover version) of “Last Call for Alcohol” and is the band’s very first acoustic song on an album. It serves as a great end an album that doesn’t fail to make you smile and, for me, evokes summer festival vibes.
- Ready, Steady, Go!
- Last Call For Alcohol
- Too Much Information
- Thunder From Down Under
- Turn Off The Radio
- Roll The Dice
- Messin’ Around
- Creatures Of The Night
- Band Not A Brand
- Beautiful (My Darling)
- Last Call For Alcohol (Hangover Version)
Album artwork by Jan Meininghaus. Header image photo by Willem Wouterse.
Ready, Steady, Go! is released on July 3rd