The Dirty Words
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The Dirty Words

Bend, Oregon, United States | SELF

Bend, Oregon, United States | SELF
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"Review of the CD Release Show"

“Live, the Dirty Words are true to their name, unleashing gritty
rockers often at jet engine volume and speed while blending
punk tendencies with the highly emotive lyrical style of front
man David Clemmer.” - Mike Bookey - The Source Weekly

"Show Interview"

“In a world crowded with fey pop groups and aggro metal
bands, The Dirty Words find a middle ground where the
guitars crunch and ring like a more-honest/less-ironic Modest
Mouse, and frontman David Clemmer sings with his heart
splashed across both sleeves.” - Ben Salmon - GO Magazine

"Press for "The International Machine""

“What I like about this album from Central Oregon wildmen
The Dirty Words is that it doesn't give you time to react---it's
opening track snaps open so hard that it startles the listener.
And in that crack, that smidgeon of time that you are gasping,
wondering, "What do I think of this music?"...they have you.
This band bypasses your conscious subjective thought and
goes straight into your squishies...This band is naked as the
day they were born, and they are not apologizing or catering
to anyone's fancy. This is the kernel of greatness.” - Prairie Carrie -


"The International Machine" LP - October of 2008



The Dirty Words formed in 2004 when longtime musical partners David Clemmer and Joel Shupack met Mike Chastain through a community theater. When Joel left to pursue worldly ambitions, Clemmer and Chastain discovered bassist Scott Page, and it was then that the core of the band was established.

Employing the musical landscapes of Radiohead and Soul Coughing, the sarcastic ferocity of Modest Mouse, the heartfelt reflections of Neutral Milk Hotel, all wrapped up in a relentless barrage of harsh noises, The Dirty Words combine into a musical mail-bomb that you open on Christmas.

After a brief stint with a duo of saxophone players and an even shorter session with another guitarist, The Dirty Words picked up hardcore/metal guitarist Aaron Poplin after just one practice, returning him to his indie rock roots.

Over the years the band has tightened and evolved into a vehicle for a wide variety of concise but ornate, well-written songs, underscored by powerful, energetic arrangements that are products of full collaboration from each of the four members. While Clemmer is the chief songwriter and arranger, he brings the skeletal structure
on which Chastain, Page, and Poplin supply the muscle, blood, and soul.