Gig review: Dirty Thrills at Proud Camden – 17/12/16

Dirty Thrills played a fantastic set last night at Proud Camden, as part of the Camden Rocks Xmas Bash.

14615730_920545368049664_4352307818435031224_oI arrived at the venue at about 7 p.m. and caught the tail end of Wild Lies’ gig before Dirty Thrills came on stage. They sounded good. I’d never heard any of their music before but enjoyed their performance.

By the time Dirty Thrills took to the stage there was quite a crowd gathered at the venue. Proud Camden was the place where I first saw Dirty Thrills play live, last year. At that gig, there were only a few people in attendance because the band were still at a relatively early stage of their career. Yesterday, it was obvious that many of the crowd were there to see Dirty Thrills. People were dancing and singing along to the tracks.

It’s impossible not to have fun at a Dirty Thrills gig, in my opinion. The band are awesome entertainers and it’s obvious they enjoy what they do. They have experience of playing larger venues now, having toured with Europe and The Scorpions, and having played various festivals; the stage at Proud Camden must have felt a bit small! They certainly made full use of all the space.

Last night, the band showcased a couple of new songs, while also playing the old favourites including “No Resolve”, “Rock and Roll”, “Feeling”, and “Sigh”.  It was an excellent half hour set, which is not really enough time for a band like this, but undoubtedly they would have picked up a few new fans there. It was a flawless performance. This is blues-rock at its best and each of the band members is exceptionally good at what they do. I’ve seen them play live a few times and with each performance they get better and better. This was definitely one of my favourite gigs of 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing the band next year.

I picked up a copy of the band’s latest (as yet unreleased) EP, “Devil’s Wine”, at the gig (Thanks, Sonia!).

sdc11741Track listing:

  1. Lonely Soul
  2. Feeling
  3. Is This Home
  4. No Resolve
  5. Rabbit Hole

Dirty Thrills’ fans will recognise a few of the track names. Three of the songs appear on earlier releases by the band, but these are new acoustic versions. There are also two new tracks: “Lonely Soul”, a beautiful, poignant song written by singer Louis James in memory of his late father (the track has been released as a single on iTunes); and the thought-provoking blues song, “Rabbit Hole”.

All the songs sound wonderful, stripped back, with the addition of harmonica in a couple of the tracks adding a bluesy, laid-back feel. This new EP showcases another side to this tremendously talented band. I understand that “Devils Wine” will be available to stream and purchase online sometime early next year. To date, it has only been made available to purchase on CD at shows.

Last night’s gig at Proud Camden was the last show of 2016 for Dirty Thrills; it’s been a very successful year for them. Look out for more tour dates and news from the band on their website and social media. I predict big things for them in 2017!

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