CD REVIEW: Dirty Hurricane - Rude, Crude & Unattractive
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"Dirty Hurricane rocks the house'"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock n’ Roll, R&B, Jam Band
Sounds Like: Black Crows, Rolling Stones, Tesla, Skid Row, Airborne
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Weakness: A few winded songs
Canadian based (Ontario) band “Dirty Hurricane” just released their debut CD entitled Rude, Crude, and Unattractive in 2013. Band members include Buzzsaw Bob Brown, (vocals), Smokin’ Joe Leskovar (Lead Guitar), Terry Riffgrinder Robertson (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), and Pretty Boy Zimmerman (Bass) and Andrew Jebediah (Drums). One quote from them I like “We’re not trying to re-invent the rock n’ roll wheel, we’re trying to keep it rolling.”
The CD kicks things off into high gear with intro piece “Feelin’ Gary Payne” a grinding guitar driven groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery from Brown against impressive solo guitar. Track 2 “Lill Further Down the Road” serves up a rock steady groove against well placed Saloon-style Piano, solid low end rhythm section, impressive solo guitar and well placed vocal harmonies from Brown and company that takes no prisoners. Track 3 ‘Sally Friday” my personal favorite keeps pushing hard with its slithering guitar intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of AC/DC, Airborne, Black Crows, Motorhead, and even Motey Crue. Right from the start you will notice these 5 lads feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw hard rock feel to it reminiscent of music popular back in the late nineties yet with a modern day twist and feel. The guitar playing hits you right between the eyes and dishes out impressive heavy R&B type guitar licks all built upon a solid low end rhythm foundation. The vocal timber from Brown is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a no holds barred standard ho hold barred rock band. Besides the four piece standard I can also hear well placed Organ, lush vocal harmonies, impressive solo guitar, all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From rocking “I’m Gone” to rock steady “Long Way to Go” to good time “Are You Ready” to melodic “Show me Your Charms” to hard hitting “C’mon C’mon” to melodic California Widow” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “King Stryder” the prefect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. At the end of the day this 10 track catalogue is guilty of being a bit repetitive overall.
In close Rude, Crude, and Unattractive by Dirty Hurricane rocks the house and proves where there is smoke there is fire. From start to finish this CD is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play in a live setting. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination indeeed. The songs are extremely heavy, melodic, passionate and powerful. This band will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. Yep – it looks like Rock n Roll wheel is still rolling along just fine.