Bands To Watch #100: Dirty Three

By on Monday, 23rd March 2009 at 12:00 pm

Dirty ThreeDirty Three are the most exciting and different band I think I’ve ever heard. It basically sounds like three Australian men in a shed banging whatever they feel like. Any noise is accepted into a Dirty Three track and their scratchy experimental sound has got them a lot of attention. They’ve even done a track with singer Cat Power who manages to steady the ship a bit to make a gentle alternative song.

Defining the trio’s sound is probably one of the hardest things to do – they’re like a reviewers Everest.  The best way to describe it is different which may sound vague but some songs are slow and melodic and others sound like electricity pylons having a brawl.

The band have made some great tracks and my favourite to listen to has to be their “Theme Tune”. The track really sums up the band. All the noise in this track should sound disastrous but it strangely seems rhythmic. The crowd popular “Great Waves” featuring Cat Power is the most melodic and complete track that Dirty Three have created. The vocals from Cat Power are simply stunning while the progressive drums and guitar give great support.

One thing to be sure of when listening to Dirty Three is that it’s like nothing else you’ve heard or will hear. The style and genre will most likely mean that they stay in the shadows of the music industry but if you think you have a browed music taste then this trio can certainly put that to the test.

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