Dirty Fingers is a band from Verona, Italy which was formed back in 2010. After various line-up changes over the years, they released their debut album of gritty hard rock.
Well, with a name like Dirty Fingers, taken from guitar pickups, how would you think these guys sound ? Gritty, sleazy, grimy……..and dirty. I was floored while listening to the album, with song after song becoming better than the last and the band just hitting their stride, it was a treat. So many great solos throughout the entire album made you wonder if they would run out, but no, they just tossed out more riffs. The vocals are perfect, just enough grime and bite to them, the production is done well, with a clarity, but not a smoothing out and the rest of the band adds depth with harmonica, and the tight bass lines and powerful drumming. The sound is a bit of Motorhead and Nashville Pussy, but they manage to make this their own beast, one that isn’t tame and going to cuddle with you, it may just tear you apart.
The mix of hard rock, sleaze, metal and a touch of southern rock is a deadly combination that you will fall onto your knees and worship them for it. This is a band to watch out for, because once you get a taste of them, you can’t stop.
This 3 piece rock band from Melbourne, Australia are back with seven more songs of blues-based hard rock, and punk attitude to spare on this release.
This time, 180 PROOF go a little serious on the first song “Pedicabo Et Irrumabo” which is an instrumental that is quiet and you can really hear the blues influence in this song, then the band kicks it into high gear with “Street Machine” and we are back with the crunch of the guitar playing of J.J. Mötherfücker and the hard-hitting drums from Andrew Andrew “Andy” Andrews, plus the thumping bass from Professor Serious. “Wasted Angels” kicks thing off with the bass and guitar playing off of each other and the drums smashing away, then things settle into a nice groove song that you can nod your head along to and play some mean air guitar with. “Rock N Roll Zombie” is a fast-paced song with a MOTORHEAD feel and will have you up and shouting along to it and looking to fuck up shit, possibly my favorite song on here, next to “Angels Reprise” which is a great bluesy song with awesome guitar playing. The guitar playing just gets inside your head, you close your eyes and you can feel the love and intensity of the playing on the song.
The vocals aren’t all filled with the same snottiness as on the last EP, the band plays with more blues mixed in, but it doesn’t take away from the sleaze, it just gives them a different side and shows some maturity in the playing. 180 PROOF has taken what they did previously and expanded on it, and did a damn good job of it as well.
180 PROOF are a 3 piece rock band from Melbourne, Australia that play a mix of blues-based hard rock, and old school punk. 180 PROOF’s latest EP was recorded and released completely independently by the band, from their own studio in the back of a motorbike workshop in inner city Melbourne.
These guys have a gritty sound that has the dirt, dust and grease from that motorbike shop all over this EP. The vocals are a bit snotty, the guitar has that grit on it, the drumming is hard and the bass chugs along giving the band depth. With only four songs, 180 PROOF come out with guns blazing to grab your attention and make you sit up and take notice. First song “Stick It To The Man” has the feel of the late 1980s hard rock bands with a bit of MOTLEY CRUE thrown in with the way the guitar’s crunchy sound, and great drumming. The vocals are catchy and tuneful, this is one of those songs that will get crowds shouting along with. The second song “It Sucks To Be You” is a rager with a great solo, drums just smashing away, thick bass and the singer having a snotty, unconcerned with your life delivery, this is my favorite song on this EP. “Intoxication” is all about getting drunk and forgetting the shit in life, and the band puts on another performance that will have you raising a glass to them, and that just leaves “Live Too Dirty”, that starts off with great guitar playing, then drums, bass and then the vocals kick in and the bands gets nice and sleazy on this song.
Band members J.J. Mötherfücker on guitar and vocals, Professor Serious on bass and vocals and Andrew Andrew “Andy” Andrews on drums have come up with a grimy, sleaze rock fest with swearing and grooves that will get your ass moving and get you drinking, exactly what these guys are looking for you to do when you listen to them.