You Dirty Blue
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You Dirty Blue

Tamworth, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Tamworth, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Duo Alternative Grunge

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"RELEASE: Tough Crowd EP"

A condensed follow up to the band’s somewhat monstrous debut, Tough Crowd is a three track skid through the raw grit we’re beginning to expect from the Tamworth twosome. Opening with the short and punchy ‘Nonsensical’, You Dirty Blue lull us into a false sense of something with a sneakily detached riff from Messer James, before… well, throwing short punches, across a two and half minute barrage of blues rock, duel vocals, and an ending that is gloriously unapologetic. I’m a cynic, but if this opening track doesn’t compel you to buy a TV, book a hotel room, and then do what every respecting human with a heart should do you might as well just stop breathing. A solid introduction, one you just know it’s going to destroy a venue near you soon.

Round Two begins with pace setting drums, courtesy of Messer Reynolds, and rolls through the altogether more melodic yet fast paced ‘Sharp Left Story’. Not quite as much fun Samsung suicide from the top floor of a Premier Inn, but just the right flavor for Radio 6. And comparisons be damned, but about two minutes in and I’ve got ‘Made of Stone’, ‘Peace Frog’ and ‘In Bloom’ all arguing over the last line in my head. Make of that what you will.

Another set up from Reynolds and we’re off towards the end, with the EP’s longest proffering – a radio play fuck you that “can’t please everyone” and will die trying not to. Careering into the grunge fast lane, ‘Gallow Dancer’ is a five and a half minute reason why you should go and see You Dirty Blue play live – raw and raucous, yet somehow packed with melody and sly little hooks. Again, I can’t help but think of another grunge band you could count the out members with less than one hand.

You Dirty BlueSo, time for the negative. Hang on. Wait. Wait. It’s coming… nope. Tough Crowd does exactly what you’d want it to do, and precisely what You Dirty Blue are building their well earned momentum for delivering live. Without posturing or pretence, this second EP from a band who quite simply stick to their guns is job done, as far as this reviewer is concerned at least.

I could challenge the rough edges or the live sound, but that would be defeating the DIY object of the point here; if you’re a fan of alt-J production or James Bay laments then Tough Crowd is going to really piss on your chips. Other than cutting six tracks to three, or that the band clearly hate having their promo photo taken, those are about the only legitimate counterpoints I can come up with.

But if you don’t like it, if Tough Crowd isn’t going to be on your secular wish list this December, if your take away spuds are a little warm and salty whilst you cry alone into your pillow, then please email me something wittier to say. Otherwise go and ‘support your local music scene’ for about the price of a pint. - Birmingham Review


"You Dirty Blue raise the roof – and over £200 for charity"

Emotions were running high as You Dirty Blue started up. Their growly alt-rock is a sledgehammer to the ears. The Lush Birmingham staff, clearly elated after Beth’s speech, rush to the front for some impassioned dancing. The classic rock riff of ‘Pictures From Pages’, from their sold out 2016 EP of the same name, is triumphant.
For a two piece, You Dirty Blue are capable of making a huge amount of noise, their dual vocal attack backed by Leon James’ fancy footwork on the bass organ. Tracks from their upcoming ‘Tough Crowd EP‘ make a welcome appearance in the setlist, with the bitter ‘Gallow Dancer’ closing the night. - Counteract


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Pictures from Pages - EP - 2016

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You Dirty Blue come from Tamworth, UK and make alternative rock music that leans heavily towards blues and grunge.

 Holding their own alongside rock ‘n’ roll heavyweights Radio Moscow, White Lung and Starcrawler – as well as being hand-picked to open for Grammy Award and Mercury Prize Nominees Wolf Alice on their 2017 UK Summer Tour – You Dirty Blue were chosen by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis to play the festival in 2017. 

 After a very busy 2017, the Tamworth two piece are set for more of the same in 2018 with the release of their second ep Tough Crowd on 15/12/2017.

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