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The best kept secret in music


"The DIRTY WORKS Invade Johnson City"

John Sewell
The Buzz Online News paper in johson City Summer-05’

Roll up your streets and lock up your daughters, 'cause Christopher Scum's coming to town! The one man wrecking crew and far-beyond-sane singer will appear with his band, The Dirty Works, at Heather's Hideaway on Thursday, August .

The Dirty works brew a dangerous mix of punk, metal and redneck rock into musical moonshine that will intoxicate you one minute, induce extreme violence the next, and leave you on the floor of the drunk tank wondering how the heck you got there the next morning. Most comparable to Antiseen or The Murder Junkies, the band takes degeneracy to a new low. Needless to say, this stuff makes the prefab shock schlock of Marilyn Manson et al look absolutely tame in comparison.

Scum, nee Chris ***, is something of a Knoxville legend. After almost of two decades of substrata personal chaos punctuated by several trips to the slammer, a handful of bands (Among other triumphs, Scum's band Homewrecker opened for none other than GG Allin in 1991.), and a deluge of painful and self destructive, ahem, "performance art" pieces, Mr. Andrews has finally acquired some stability and is moving into a renaissance period at present. That said, please be aware that Scum's idea of serenity and stability would be perceived by a normal person as utter bedlam.

In a wild twist of fate, Christopher Scum will be the subject of an upcoming documentary feature. The as yet untitled film is currently being shot by Worldstorm Productions (Arts Lab); an Atlanta based outfit spearheaded by producer Francis Percarpio and director Anthony Rahim Hakmati. The movie is being shot in multiple media including 35mm, 16mm, Super 8 and DV cam. By no means a fly-by-night operation, Worldstorm is known for producing videos by several prominent hip hop artists including P-Diddy, Arrested Development, and even a DVD for Usher.

"What's funny is that, in a roundabout way, corporate America is funding this project without their knowledge, of course," says Percarpio, who first encountered Scum via a shoot for Atlanta rockers Dropsonic. "Anthony came back from doing Dropsonic, and he said, "you've just gotta see this," referring to footage of Scum performing with his band, Dirty Works. "When I saw it, I had a kind of Iggy Pop feeling wash over me.

"What is alluring about Christopher is that there's nobody else like him," enthuses Percarpio. "I find Chris to be a hugely complex gentle giant with an edge. At one point he's very sweet, kissing his pet rats, and at the next he's bashing his head against a wall."

Percarpio is adamant that his intent is to respectfully deliver Scum's to-hell-and-back story without being exploitative. "All artists are quirky beings, symphonies and inconsistencies," he explains. "They tend to be unbalanced and a depressed. The film will be humanizing, but it will definitely be a warts and all depiction. I see a genuine artistry in Chris' music and a real desire to be creative.

"In a way, this film is about Knoxville, which I find to be a really interesting place. The Dirty Works are interesting as well, but they're most interesting in the context of their environment."

Worldstorm plans to premiere the film on the festival circuit. And if you feel like being a part of this chaotic cinema verite, footage for the film will be shot at the Dirty Works' show at Heathers.

And if witnessing Mr. Scum's onstage self immolation isn't enough fun for one evening, you should definitely stick around for headliners, Monsters of Japan. The Asheville based group is most comparable to GWAR. The band is currently on the road in support of their longplayer, The Other Pink Meat. Now, with a title like that, are you expecting hymns of praise? Heavy on the theatrics, the Monsters of Japan surely won't be making friends with Tipper Gore or the parental guidance gang any time soon.
John Sewell Tri Cities Buzz

- John Sewell/ The Buzz Tri Cities

"The DIRTY WORKS Rockin' the South"


Attaboy Enjoy
The Dirty Works want you to put it in your system
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"Knoxville hates us, man,” Dirty Works’ drummer
B. Riot says.
“I’ve done a lot of bad things in this town,” Christopher Scum responds after a brief pause, calmly smoking a cigarette.
Scum (a.k.a. Chris Andrews) has been raising hell in this town for more than a decade. He got his name from a Longbranch bartender after a couple troublemakers caused the toilets to overflow onto the hardwood saloon floors. The barkeep screamed, “You’re no better than that scum Chris Andrews. Christopher Scum!”

PREACHER MEN: Everything we do is sin.

Those were the days when Scum lived at the infamous Hippie House, at 13th and Laurel, where out of control parties were expected on a daily basis. “I had two choices,” Scum says. “I could either go up to my room and lock the door or join the party.... All I did was stay sober enough to stay in a band.”
It was the hippest house in town, an ideal breeding ground for music and sin. Back then, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to wake up and see The Replacements sleeping on the floor. Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for residents to have their brains blitzed in alcohol, 24/7. For Scum, this was Fantasyland. He’d finally found people who drank like he did. And his legendary partying is still part of underground Knoxville lore.
When he left, rumors began, including the story of a Catholic priest who performed an exorcism at Hippie House to erase Scum’s presence, and to appease a pantheon of upset deities. One haunting reminder did, in fact, remain after the alleged spiritual cleansing, words scribbled on the wall with Scum’s own blood: Attaboy Enjoy.
But those days are over. After a fall from the Hippie House roof, followed by severe DTs and withdrawal hallucinations, Scum has been able to find peace. With seven years of sobriety under his belt, he’ll tell you that music is the only thing that gets him high, as his raw lyrics take fans on an agnostic tour through Knoxville’s dirty underbelly.
Scum, if nothing else, delivers a mature form of punk rock; the spirit remains, constantly attacking established social norms with fetid onstage antics, but the man’s mind is sober, clean and ready to bleed, ever since the Dirty Works came together during the summer of 2004, with Shaggy on bass and Steven Crime on guitar. But those weren’t always their instruments of choice.
“[Shaggy] sounded a little too much like Stevie Ray Vaughn on the guitar,” B. Riot says. “So, one day we were all drunk, me, Steve and Shaggy, and Steve was like, ‘Why don’t I play guitar and Shag play bass.’ And we’re like, ‘Alright, we’ll try it.’ Steve had never played guitar before. It worked, the first time a drunken idea actually worked out right.”
The sound is pure ’70s punk, a little bit unpolished—a southern kind of punk, with an ever-present resonant twang.
“It’s the self-sufficient attitude of the southerner,” B. Riot explains. “You’re more likely to find a guy in the south to build his own house, clear his own lot, grow his own food.... We just kinda got stuck in the ’70s, I guess. It’s the music that influenced us growing up. It just comes out.”
That DIY attitude is non-negotiable with the Dirty Works. Both Scum and Riot say that they would’ve self-recorded their album, Biscuits and Liquor, if they had better microphones. They walked away from three indie labels who wouldn’t give them complete creative control.
“Why not go play in a cover band?” Scum muses. If the finished product isn’t totally what the band has envisioned, he wonders, “What’s the point?”
They don’t compromise because they believe their music has a message, reminding people that this isn’t a free America anymore. “I saw the last of free America in my lifetime,” Scum says. “People don’t remember what real freedom was like.”
“Ben Franklin,” B. Riot adds, “said that every 100 years, in order for our government to work, there should be a violent revolt. We’ve become so complacent and instant gratification-oriented.”
“Sheep! Sheep!” Scum yells. Then, after lighting another cigarette, he says, “I saw this the other night: Someone went down pretty hard when they were dancing, and two people just scooped him right back up. So I’d like to think [the music is] bringing back more of the old-school punk. You fall down and I’ll help you get up and we’ll walk out of here feeling better. Get a little something off their chests, even if they’re not resolving anything.”
Who: The Dirty Works w/ The Disobedients and The Orange Julians
Where: The Corner Lounge
When: Thursday, May 4, 10 p.m.
How much: $5

- Kevin Crowe/ the Metropulse


Biscuits and Liquor
Bible Belt is being played on several Radio stations, Preacher man also the song Wife Beater is on the local stations and on several peoples stations up at
We are subject of a Huge Worldstorm arts blab documentary.



We Were born in the summer of 2004. We all come from 4 diverse schools of Rock. From Punk, Me, From Metal, Scot, 70's and 80's Rock Steven Crime and even some psychedelic rock from our Drummer!
At first it brought alotta meat to the table, but after two years of hard, Constant Practice and touring we are that much closer to being exactly who we want to be. There is much that sets us from other bands. one thing with many bands that want to play fast hard and faster and harder it get's to the point you lose the feeling music creates. Rather than show of how great musicians we are, we've chose to write with feeling.