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DIRTY DIAMONDS LETS GET LOUD REVIEW 2014

 

DIRTY DIAMONDS - LET'S GET LOUD

SELF RELEASED

MAY 2014

 

 

When a press release that accompanies a release talks about the slating that the band’s debut EP received at the hands of critics two thoughts run through your mind. The most obvious is “What if this is just as bad” and the second is “Why tell me that in advance, I don’t do sympathy reviews”…

 

Fortunately Dirty Diamonds ‘Let’s Get Loud’ is neither awful nor run of the mill, and even though the title track comes across as a Metal version of a song that Billy Squier might have worked on with Def Leppard it has enough charm and attitude to keep you listening. ‘Goin’ Down’ has a dirty Metal thrust and essence of pub rock and already it’s obvious that the essential appeal of this band is the rough edges and the honesty of their sound. Whilst this is an album that sounds like it was made sometime last Century it doesn’t seek to be ‘Retro’ in a cynical way, it just is, you suspect just because these guys love the music.

 

At times, on tracks like ‘Against the Grain’, there’s a bluesy sleaze to the sound like Motorhead were held at gunpoint till they agreed to write some Hair Metal. ‘Last Chance For Love’ and ‘Want You to Want Me’ are simpler more melodic Hard Rock. At times it gets heavier too like on ‘Crash & Burn’ or Hell or High Water’ with bigger riffs and more attitude.

 

Aside from the Kiss-flavoured throwaway ‘Wakin’ Up the Neighbourhood’ which is a little too close to parody, the rest here is pretty solid and damn enjoyable to boot. This is great ragged-edged eighties flavoured rock and I'd love to hear more.



DIRTY DIAMONDS BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Ryan - Lead vocals
Alan Ranahan - Guitars, backing vocals
Evan Daly - Guitars, backing vocals
Shane Moloney - Bass, backing vocals
Joe Betts - Drums, percussion, backing vocals

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

DIRTY DIAMONDS LETS GET LOUD REVIEW 2014