The Band describes their sound as Happy Hard Rock and their influences are worn as a badge of honour with the likes of Joan Jett, The Donnas, AC/DC, and The Ramones to name but a few.  The band was formed back in the 2000s and has undergone some personnel changes up to this point of the new album coming out. 2020 sees them release their finest bunch of songs to date on ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’

We caught up with lead singer Mirjam and fired some questions at her to find out just Who are The Dirty Denims and can you introduce yourself to RPM Online…

So who are The Dirty Denims?
We are a Happy Hardrock band, a mix of hard rock, rock ‘n roll, power pop and punk rock. We are 2 boys and 2 girls: Suzanne on drums, Marc on bass, Jeroen on guitar and me (Mirjam) on vocals/guitar. Think AC/DC meets Joan Jett meets KISS meets The Ramones.
Where do you call home?
We are from Eindhoven, that’s in the south of The Netherlands. It’s also called Eindhoven Rockcity 😉
How did the band get together?
We started in 2006, Jeroen and Mirjam are in the band from the beginning and since more then 2 years we are very glad to rock with Suzanne and Marc. It’s a too long story how it all came together, but I think the main influence is the all girl American band The Donnas, that’s why I wanted to start an all-girl band too, but I’m glad it turned out to be a 2/2 line-up, the best of both worlds!
Previous recordings available?  
Yes, we have 2 EP’s and 3 full albums now (including the brand new one). If you are curious, you can check out our website, here you can see everything we’ve released: Here
Finally Post pandemic what’s the plan?
Pandemic or not, we really enjoy connecting with likeminded rockers online. We meet them there and get to know them better there. But of course, we like offline even better. So post-pandemic, we plan to play a lot again live. We are glad most of the gigs are postponed to late 2020 or 2021, and it would be great to book some extra shows too. It will also be cool to play outside of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany for the first time! We get quite often questions from people in France, the UK and Spain to come on over. We hope we can book some mini-tours in the future.
With their latest release ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’  The Dirty Denims bring a versatile album full of Hard Rock, Power Pop and Punk Rock.

Back in November 2019 they released part 1 (including 2 singles) of their latest album on cd and online streaming services. Then on July 3rd the complete album came out on cd, vinyl and online.

In the opening track ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’, you hear how much they enjoyed recording the album with this new line-up (with Suzanne on drums and Marc on bass). ‘Turn Off The Radio’ is about commercial radio stations’ noise pollution and in ‘Too Much Information’ they take you on an annoying public transport trip.

Creatures Of The Night’ turns out to be a successful first single for the complete album, with some cool The Cult vibes. The lyrics describe the famous kitchen scene from the 80s movie The Gremlins. ‘Roll The Dice’ is a way of singer Mirjam telling herself and the listeners to take more chances every now and then.

The Dirty Denims played some large festivals like Lowlands, Rockin’ Park, Zwarte Cross and Bospop and supported Slash, Whitesnake, Golden Earring, Extreme, Cheap Trick and Steel Panther. Their song “24-7-365” got them national airplay on the biggest radiostation of The Netherlands 3FM. The song also was featured in 2 international Comedy Central campaigns. So headway is being made on the continent but here in the UK headway is still needed which is where we come in.

 

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Dutch rock ‘n’ rollers The Dirty Denims follow up 2017’s ‘Back With A Bang’ by releasing their brand spankin’ new long player ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’. It sees singer/guitarist Mirjam and guitarist Jeroen joined by a couple of new, denim-clad players aka Marc on bass and Suzanne on drums.

Continuing their tradition of releasing their albums in stages, 5 tracks were released as singles over a period of 6 months, this they entitled ‘Part 1’. Now, July sees the band release their full new album on CD, download and of course lovely vinyl.

 

This Eindhoven based band has been at it for a decade now and sound-wise they follow on where The Donnas left off. The Dirty Denims combine the traditional rock ‘n’ roll sound of The Runaways, Suzy Quatro and The Sweet with a slew of AC/DC riffs thrown in for good measure.

They claim to play ‘Happy Hard Rock’ and don’t take themselves too seriously.  Lyrically, we ain’t talking ‘The Wall’ here, the likes of last year’s single ‘Last Call For Alcohol’ is a testament to that. What they do deal in is upbeat, powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll with a sound and energy that makes you want to turn the dial up a notch and party with the best of them.

With its powerhouse 80’s drums, rumbling bass and tongue-in-cheek lyricism ‘Thunder From Down Under’ tips its hat to AC/DC in more ways than one and they even throw in the riff to The Cult’s ‘Wild Flower’ for good measure. ‘Roll The Dice’ follows a similar path, with killer riffs emanating from each speaker, stabs of piano, high-powered hollerin’ and cool, gang backing vocals.

‘Turn off The Radio’ will incite you to do just that and put a damn record on! Today’s radio tunes are boring anyway, right? The Dirty Denims know that and so do you!  Here, we are in prime power pop Donnas territory. Urgent, anthemic and melodic, just the way we like it. Elsewhere, ‘Creatures Of The Night’ is not the Kiss classic, but it crunches nicely and powers through, a solid traditional 80’s rocker that stands on its own two feet.

‘Band Not a Brand’ is killer, bubblegum pop full of handclaps and organ riffs. It’s their Saturday morning kids TV theme, a  middle finger to high street stores that sell Ramones shirts to Instagram influencers who wouldn’t know ‘Road To Ruin’ if it smacked them in the face. It’s also the best and most commercial song they have released to date.

‘Messin Around’ adds cool handclaps and percussion to the sound. This mixes well with Mirjam’s high octane hollerin’ and Jeroen’s token AC/DC riffage to give 70’s footstomping glam nostalgia.

They like ‘Last Call For Alcohol’ so much they played it twice! The album closes with a ‘Hangover Version’, stripped back and laid bare with acoustics and percussion, it’s the Sunday morning hangover remedy to the Saturday night party.

 

‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ is a fun, party record that does exactly what it says on the tin. The Dirty Denims are doing nothing new, they aren’t here to change the world or preach a message in these uncertain times.  But if you want escapism, if you desire something old school to kick your ass into next week and to blast from the stereo while you hit the highway to Hell, then you could do no better than visit Eindenhoven Rock City for 40 minutes or so.

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Author: Ben Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dirty Denims – Back With A Bang (Handclap Records/Ghost Highway Records)

Sneaking under the radar is this the second album that was released a couple of years ago on one of our favourite record labels and with a new album written and recorded and on the way we thought we’d open up a new feature entitled Under The Radar where we reacquaint you with a band we think you might like and with their debut EP getting a rerelease what better way to say hello here’s The Dirty Denims who are Back With A Bang.

With their hard rock meets garage rock leanings this four-piece rock hard n loud.  The band began in 2009 and released their first EP ‘Going Out’ which is getting a rerelease and available from the band maybe try Facebook. The band have released a pair of albums and a bunch of Singles and EP’s to keep their fans happy.  Sure these Dutch rockers pray at the altar of Angus and all those big hard riffs but they aren’t afraid to mix it up like they do with ‘Heartbeat’ and introduce a cool garage organ that shakes it up a little so one dimensional they are not.

there are anthems and a whole bunch of feel good fist punching rockers like the cowbell heavy keith n Ronnie rock n roll on the intro of ‘Can’t Get Enough Of That Rock and Roll’ This also works really well with Mirjams voice as sounds like prime time Runaways a comparison that is sometimes inevitable but one I use as a big compliment. It comes as no surprise then when they smash their way through a brutal ‘Bad Reputation’ maybe an easy cover but its done exceptionally well and to be fair is full of fire and fury.  ‘Loud Stuff’ has a great intro and works great along side ‘Gotta Run’. I’m glad the band closed with some cool duel guitar riff-a-rama on ‘We Wan’t More’ and resisted throwing in a balad or a slow one and what happens next for the band is exciting.

 

You can catch them on the road and look out for the reissue of the debut EP – The Dirty Denims are in the house.

 

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