Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Break the Fever.

Dirty on Purpose - Spider Eyes - Dirty on Purpose don't sound anything like you would expect them to. I mean, they're from Brooklyn, right? And they got started playing venues like Electroclash hole Luxx, right? And they have a name like Dirty on Purpose, and have keyboards, and a girl singing, and there are Hipsters swooning all over this band, right? Well, get ready to hear something you don't expect. Sure, "Spider Eyes" opens with a killer 80's style drum fill, and the guitars ring out those spacey individual notes that seem to fill a chasm every time, and sure, it builds to a frenzied, dance your ass off break. But none of those other bands, do things this beautifully. None of those other bands get props not just for being retro, or being dancable, but also for being smart, and for melodies so delicate they sound like they could break under a raindrop. It's a testament to the harsh reality of the NYC music scene that "Spider Eyes" isn't being played to death in every club on the planet, that the band can't play it as their entrance song in a thousand cavernous rooms filled to the brim with hundreds of hipsters waiting for that first frenzied guitar part to start jumping up and down and going crazy and knowing that this band is the reason they feel cooler than all the people at the arena downtown for the Rolling Stones "Look! We found some more enbalming fluid to pump into Keith Richards Tour!"

Dirty on Purpose - Cheat Death - What's that? That not unique enough for you? Not beautiful enough? Well, give a listen to "Cheat Death." It's a ballad, a slow, haunting one, dominated by those long, drawn out atmospheric notes you get from a guitar player who uses a bow for a reason that isn't being a pretentious ass. And the vocals, a duet this time, soar and weave through it all, like a Belle & Sebastian song with all of the sorrow and none of the bounce, Dirty on Purpose turn what might be a plodding moment into something transcendant. It's a song that left me, on first listen, simply stunned into silence at the beauty of it. The first time I can remember that in a while.

Dirty on Purpose will be opening for the Arcade Fire & The Hidden Camerass at the Bowery Ballroom on November 11th. Those of you who will be there - get there early. You do NOT want to miss this set.

[Check out some Dirty On Purpose MP3's, buy an EP, and check live dates at their website.]


At 10/27/2004 03:13:00 PM, Blogger kathryn said...

sigh. shearwater (jonathan from okkervil river's other band) is set to play the mercury lounge at 8:30pm that night. and we all know that when the merc says 8:30 they really mean 9, and that the bands won't actually go on until 9:15, which means i'll be getting to the bowery just in time for the hidden cameras' set.

At 10/27/2004 03:44:00 PM, Blogger jinners said...

that's one of the best reviews of those songs i've read. i'm so excited!

At 10/27/2004 06:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty on Purpose's earlier EP, "EP2," is great also. I can't wait until they release a full length album.

At 11/01/2004 12:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd heard a rumor that they might be signing to New York indie March Records. Anyone, Bueller?

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