The Burning Dirty Band
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The Burning Dirty Band

Winchester, Virginia, United States

Winchester, Virginia, United States
Band Rock Alternative


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"Indie-bred Beatles pop"

They call it "an ice cream store for your brain" and somehow, you just can't argue with that. Colors, flavors, creamy, delicious tastes abound in this album of indie bred Beatles pop. With jangle and bounce at its foundation with layers of classic guitar writing and punchy vocals weaving throughout, the collective voice is one that's equally tart and meaty. The Burning Dirty Band has honed in on the perfect balance between carving out a personal sound and drawing from well-loved, well-developed musical traditions. -

"Sly and humorous songwriting"

What do you get when you throw blues, roots rock, indie rock, and a wicked sense of humor into a blender? Most likely you would get something similar to the Burning Dirty Band. This lo-fi collective from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia makes me smile with its new album "17 Year Sun". the underlying theme of the album is sly and humorous songwriting and it carries the music from start to finish... - Music Monthly; October 2004

"Passionate grit"

Whether it's the bittersweet lyrics of "Letter to Kate" and "Nailed down," the ultra catchiness of "How Our Castle Fell" and "Girls Are Fun," or the musical digressions on "Worms" and "17 Year Sun;" every moment on this album exudes a level of passionate grit that interweaves itself into every track. This is the signature mark of The Burning Dirty Band, playing hard and giving themselves to their music... - Glide Magazine

"Pop melodies with enigmatic soundscapes"

The album is a raw adventure with witty lyrics and dynamic songwriting all masterfully assembled by Steve West whose work with Pavement hasn’t gone unnoticed. They deserve to get out of the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains in the cozy confines of the Shenandoah Valley to conquer the bigger music scenes... the jam-laden tune “Libra Fog” is a superb testament to their knack for blending pop melodies with enigmatic soundscapes. -

"An offbeat, mercurial ode to the South, sex and cicadas"

A full-blown, convert-one-listener-at-a-time mission to remind audiences of what rock ’n’ roll used to be and what it one day might still become.... an offbeat, mercurial ode to the South, sex and cicadas. The paradoxical record, boosted by BDB’s quirky sensibilities and piquant lyrics, is a refreshing mix of polished, yet uniquely raw tunes... - The Northern Virginia Daily

"Mutated blues with college rock and glam seasonings"

While most "indie" bands in Virginia seem to be in some way punk or hardcore influenced... the Burning Dirty Band take their mutated version of the blues and spike it with glam and college rock seasonings... "Libra Fog" finds the band jamming in a way that most Bonaroo-hopefuls could only wish for... They're above all a rock band with strong blues, folk, and glam influences, and it will be interesting to see what they do next. - Southeast Performer

"All hail the Burning Dirty Band"

Full of inspired instrumentation and raw fury... this is no ordinary group... BDB's wildly original approach to their muse, with its ebbing and flowing peaks and valleys, is uniquely their own... All hail the Burning Dirty Band. The free world will never be the same again. - An Honest Tune

"Phish meets Wilco"

Phish meets Wilco... Combine a garage band edge with a sharply tuned wit and a Beatles-esque pop sensibility and you get partially there. Add to that an innate sense of tone and time and you’re getting warmer. Finally you need to include a surprising sensitivity combined with an intense musical tautness and you’ve got the whole package. In short Burning Dirty Band is the type of band that should be touring the globe, filling up stadiums and topping out the charts. Maybe in a different time they would be and hopefully our music culture will mature to the point where they can. -

"Mutant music"

The Burning Dirty Band claims its sound encompasses “garage-marinated mutant blues, rollicking roots groove and forward-thinking indie quirkiness.” After listening to the quartet’s sophomore release, 17 Year Sun, I’d call that something of an understatement. The band certainly has a quirky feel not a million miles from NRBQ (not bad, being compared to the world’s best unknown band!) and an addictive quality, not to mention a subtle sense of humor that lurks in the darker regions of its sound. The band’s musical texture is odd, but repeated listening reveals some wonderful instrumental excursions that are surprisingly more structured than one would originally imagine. The old adage of “a bad originator is better than a thousand imitators” certainly rings true here: ’cept these guys are good originators. - Relix

"Gritty, challenging, and invigorating"

You can hear the influences of Wilco and alt. country weeping into their magnificent arrangements and melodies. Rich and lush in harmonies with brave stabs at guitar-centric indie rock, “Goodbye Dominion” is also blessed with creative lyrics... you’d be hard pressed to find a more gritty, challenging, and invigorating roots rock oriented pop album. -


"Live from the Black Box" (DVD)- 2008

"Goodbye Dominion" (LP)- 2007

"The Lex Test Mix" (online EP available for download at 2006

"17 Year Sun" (LP)- 2004

"Caught" (LP)- 2002



"So what kind of music do you play?" goes the inevitable question, leaked from seemingly every mouth once informed that you are in a band. "Rock and roll" goes the inevitable answer.


What does "rock and roll" mean in 2007? Does that same kind of parent-confounding, liberating, visceral revolution that defined the term in the Fifties and Sixties still ring true? Is it merely a matter amplification and attitude? Is the term an irrelevant relic in the age of iPods, mash-ups, and the genre-swapping Internet music underground? Perhaps more importantly- what are we adding to rock and roll to help the artform evolve or at least detour into an interesting place worth visiting?

Question: What is the Burning Dirty Band doing with rock and roll here in Winchester, Virginia, USA in 2007?

Answer: We are frustrated. We are evolving. The abrasive and the abstract are filtering over top of rock and roll's hallowed two-sided structures of verse & chorus, drums & bass, rhythm & lead. There are rougher, darker corners of our sound, ripe with rawness and enthusiastic sloppiness demanding some time to be explored and perhaps tidied up a bit and made presentable.

We crave honesty. We couldn't care less about slotting ourselves neatly into a scene. We spend too much time drinking under huge, star-pricked country skies to be urban. We spend too much time stuck in traffic to be rural.

We're squeezing some new life out of the blues and inescapable old influences- Beatles, Bowie, the Band. We like gritty and weird. We like iconoclasts. We want to keep things moving forward. We like soul, dammit, something that shakes and bounces and makes the girls get up. We are "indie" in the original sense of the word. Not shackled by anyone's expectations, free to plug in, freak out, come back down, make it snarl or make it sweet, and hopefully tell a few stories and rock a few heads. We are dirty. We are just getting started.

A little about our latest disc:

Goodbye Dominion is the defining Burning Dirty Band album. Smartly arranged, blues-tinged indie rock is dappled with psychedelic shimmers, raw lo-fi soul, and simmering, spacious anthemic power. Fans of Spoon, Wilco, David Bowie, The Band, and The Beatles will find plenty to like. This is music of loss, recovery, doubt, daydreams, hard realities, and the uneasy compromises of living in a cluttered world.