|Dirt Box Disco - 'Legends' (STP Records)|
|Written by Darrel Sutton|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 04:31|
Since coming across these nutters a few months back, I've discovered that there's a new day in the calendar, Dirt Box Day. It's a great day, because it simply substitutes any normal day of the week and just makes it, well, a lot of fun really. I've previously compared them to The Babysitters and Turbonegro and whilst I stand by that I have to say I did have a bit of a eureka moment when they listed Showaddywaddy as an influence. But if the thought of a punk rock version of said band fills you with trepidation, then fear not because 'Legends', the debut full lengther from Burton's finest mental cases is an album so good they probably should have named it twice.
If you were lucky enough to grab an earful of last year's 'Are You Ready?' EP you'll be glad to hear that their uncanny penchant for writing the catchiest songs imaginable hasn't waned in the slightest. Indeed, from the opening chords of 'The Other Side Of The Street' it's straight into singalong central. Weab.I.Am leads off with the "Alright, alright, come on" chant and you're sucked in. Next up is 'Peepshow', which is one of two songs doing the rounds on Youtube at the moment (the other being 'Smackhead'), and again it's built around a chorus that will be bouncing around your head for months. You can just tell that this album is going to an absolute blast live, and don't be fooled by the good time vibe that this is anything other than a shit hot live band, with everyone turning in some belting performances. Spunk Volcano might not get into any guitar mags any time soon but the lead work that he and Fingers pull off is great shit.
As the album progresses you soon realise that every song is your new favourite, from 'Rock 'n' Roller' and their homage to their influences, the brilliantly ludicrous 'I Just Want To Be A Girl' and the straight ahead hardcore blast of 'Smackhead' to the ever so slightly melancholy ditties that are 'Dirt Box Days' and 'I Don't Wanna Go Out With You'. There's not a duffer amongst them and I dare say you'll have a different song jammed in your head every week for quite some time. There are even some tailor-made songs for special occasions on here as well. 'Let's Get Wasted!' is the ideal warm-up for any night out and 'Psycho' is ideal for those days of woman trouble. In fact most songs here have the ability help you make up a special occasion of your own, the aforementioned Dirt Box Day. Fuck Thursday, Fuck Sunday and especially Fuck Monday, get Dirt Box Disco on the jukebox and make every day Dirt Box Day!!!
Oh and get and see the fuckers live because as good as this record is, their live show is easily its equal.