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"SinClt.com review of Nice"

The CD is, as the name would suggest, "nice". Nice for driving... fast... in a car that holds 80% of its weight under the hood... on a warm summer night, like tonight.

The production on this disk is better than I expected from a local CD, but then I found out it wasn't recorded locally, the Dirty Boxers recorded in Atlanta, laying down the disk's thick cloud of smoke vocals in the studio previously inhabited by Dirty South's rap royalty.

Dirty Box drops crunchy, stomping, minimal guitar tracks on some songs that draw the CD along like a marching cadence, on others the guitar is more low-slung rock, all blue jeans and red eyes.
The vocals, especially on the first song, have the thick, soft QOTSA sound. Call it "stoner rock" if you like, I welcome the recent addition of melody and real vocals to the heavy metal arena, and I think Dirty Box has it down. This CD is going to cause a speeding ticket at some point, I swear it pushes on my foot the louder I turn up the stereo. - SinCLT.com


"Charlotte Creative Loafing Music Menu"

FRIDAY 1.21
Black Lagoon/Dirty Box -- Ought to be a fun show here, with the incense-and-fretboard-burning Black Lagoon sharing the stage with the always-entertaining Dirty Box. Dirty Box promise an out-of-the-box performance for this show, featuring a few audacious surprises that I've promised not to reveal. Currently mixing their debut with Joel Mullis at Zone Studios in Atlanta, the Box's Southern-fried sound - more Marshall stacks than Marshall Tucker band - should be a nice appetizer for the floor-rattling riffs laid down by Black Lagoon's Andy Cauble. The Steeple Lounge (Tim Davis) - Creative Loafing


"Charlotte Creative Loafing Music Menu"

THURSDAY 12.9.2004
Dirty Box -- Comprised of former members of ...it could be nothing and Kudzu Ganja, The Box are pretty dang similar in sound to the still-underrated Semi-Pro, mostly due to the pipes of singer Tony James, who mans vocal duties for both. The name's pretty apropos, however: a little Misfits/Mudhoney-style drunken swagger and wit (the dirty), together with a punch-you-in-the-grill musical grind (the box). Good stuff. The Room (Tim Davis) - Creative Loafing


"Dirty Box - Nice"

Pound for pound, anyone with any kind of disdainful twitch should be listening to this Charlotte-born album right now, because it will guide you to a strange, alien world just beyond the material where everybody knows your name. And you're always glad you came. It's deep, it's thick, it's real - and it's unlike anything else.

-- Andrew Webster - Creative Loafing Charlotte


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CD - "Nice" 2005

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Dirty politics... The Dirty Dozen... Dirty money... Dirty Harry... Dirty panties slung over the chair...

It doesn't get anymore hell-yeah-get-down-rock-n-roll-American than that, brothers and sisters.

Now, Dirty Box. A fine addition to said list.

Hailing from (and how fuckin' perfect is this?) the Dirty South (Charlotte, NC, by God!), Dirty Box take rock-punk-alt and push things a bit further than all today's poseurs, while slathering on dynamic pop hooks and wink-wink humor the way you slather the Duke's mayonnaise on your midnight snack. Day-um! DB rocks so hard they're probably breaking laws in any given Southern state and Idaho every 10 minutes they play.

Lots of range, with multiple singers and songwriters, plus hard rocking grooves juiced by the occasional psychedelic headtrip cum white-boy soul moment. Dig.

The men proffering such hellacious sonic goodness?

Brent Holland : Bass, Vox
Dave Vause : Guitar, Vox
Tim Benson : Drums
Tony James : Guitar, Vox

Due to misguided subpoenas, excessive parking tickets and non-character building activity at a handful of bars and strip clubs in whichever town you reside, we can't give any more personal info--Other than to say that all four are Queen City Rock Royalty, having plied their craft in a handful of adventuresome Charlotte rock outfits from the early-1990s to present.

So in the immortal words of San Francisco Police Department Inspector Dirty Harry Callahan: "Do You Feel Lucky? Well, Do Ya, Punk?"

Of course you do. So don't be afraid to get a little dirty.

John Stack
2004
Charlotte, NC