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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Dirtbombs have been pounding out their chaotic, rhythm heavy brand of American roots music for the better part of a decade now. The Dirtbombs founder Mick Collins is one of the founding fathers of the Detroit garage rock scene (his hyper-primitivist blues trio The Gories achieved legendary status in Detroit underground of the late ‘80s) and the four albums of dirt-stained rhythm and soul that Collins has concocted with the Dirtbombs have only added to his already considerable legacy. Like all Dirtbombs albums We Have You Surrounded comes crashing out the gates with a pounding four piece rhythm section (two drummers and two bassists) providing a thunderously shuffling low end that never lets up. From the ragged chanted refrains of “Everlovin’ Man” which burns with the lo-fi fury of a scratchy funk forty-five, to the apocalyptic racket of “Le Fin Du Monde,” We Have You Surrounded maintains a gloriously predictable emphasis on unrestrained noise and frenzied hip shaking. Clocking in at a sleek forty-five minutes, We Have You Surrounded may be the Dirtbombs’ most focused and accomplished album to date.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Dirtbombs have been pounding out their chaotic, rhythm heavy brand of American roots music for the better part of a decade now. The Dirtbombs founder Mick Collins is one of the founding fathers of the Detroit garage rock scene (his hyper-primitivist blues trio The Gories achieved legendary status in Detroit underground of the late ‘80s) and the four albums of dirt-stained rhythm and soul that Collins has concocted with the Dirtbombs have only added to his already considerable legacy. Like all Dirtbombs albums We Have You Surrounded comes crashing out the gates with a pounding four piece rhythm section (two drummers and two bassists) providing a thunderously shuffling low end that never lets up. From the ragged chanted refrains of “Everlovin’ Man” which burns with the lo-fi fury of a scratchy funk forty-five, to the apocalyptic racket of “Le Fin Du Monde,” We Have You Surrounded maintains a gloriously predictable emphasis on unrestrained noise and frenzied hip shaking. Clocking in at a sleek forty-five minutes, We Have You Surrounded may be the Dirtbombs’ most focused and accomplished album to date.

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About The Dirtbombs

One of Mick Collins' many post-Gories projects, the Dirtbombs initially seemed to exist more in concept than in reality. As if in reaction to the bass-less sound of the Gories, the Detroit-based band brought together two drummers, two bass players, and Collins on vocals and guitar. And other than consistently loud volumes and lots of noise, the Dirtbombs actually displayed a surprisingly diverse sound, composing across a broad spectrum of styles from garage rock, punk, and glam to classic soul and R&B. They began primarily as a 7" band, issuing five singles before Larry Hardy of In the Red convinced them to record a full-length, 1998's Horndog Fest. After issuing another handful of singles, the Dirtbombs released their sophomore album, Ultraglide in Black, in May 2001. An album devoted to vintage R&B covers, Ultraglide in Black won the band a growing following in Europe, aided by frequent overseas touring (including a jaunt with the White Stripes). Collins and company returned to a tougher, more rock-oriented sound for 2003's Dangerous Magical Noise, and came back in 2005 with Billiards at Nine Thirty, a split album with King Khan & the Shrines. That same May, In the Red released If You Don't Already Have a Look, a two-disc compilation that featured 52 tracks comprised of cover tunes, singles, and six new songs.

By this point, the Dirtbombs' revolving lineup had more or less solidified around Collins, drummers Ben Blackwell and Pat Pantano, and bassists Ko Shih and Troy Gregory. The quintet continued to tour, licensed their music for use in several commercials, and returned to the studio in fall 2006 to begin working on a new release. Although originally intended to be a four-song EP, the project soon turned into the band's fourth full-length effort. Entitled We Have You Surrounded, it was released in February 2008. Following this the band released singles for In the Red and Cass, Collins took time to play with a reunited Gories, and the bandmembers plotted their next move. When it came, it was a surprise to many. Released in 2011, Party Store reflected Collins' love of the electronic sounds of his hometown and featured the band tackling songs by the techno scene's founding fathers (Juan Atkins, Derrick May), innovators (Carl Craig), and hitmakers (Inner City) in their inimitable style. For their next trick, the band fulfilled Collins' dream of recording an album that reflected his lifelong love of bubblegum music. Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! was released by In the Red in fall of 2013. ~ Alex Zorn & Tim Sendra

  • ORIGIN
    Detroit, MI
  • FORMED
    1992

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