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The Dalloways-Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP

April 1, 2008

dalloways-dirty-money-ep(http://www.dalloways.com)The Dalloways – Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP

(http://www.birdinbox.com)Bird in Box Records

Catchy, mature indie-pop with interesting and unique influences.

The Dalloways’ Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP proves interesting, to say the least. While it exudes a predominantly indie-pop sound, the band often dabbles in jazz fundamentals, bringing a unique twist on a genre that is becoming tired.

A wide range of possible influences come to mind while listening to the five tracks of this EP, from bands like Of Montreal to Belle & Sebastian to The Smiths. The band is definitely indie-pop, but subtle hints of jazz guitar and a poetic and literary sensibility to the lyrics give the Dalloways a maturity that is uncommon amongst its peers. And despite the band’s California origins, there is a distinct Brit-pop feel to the music. It has a certain cultured feeling that only a select few can truly appreciate, but that anyone can love.

Even without knowledge of the works of Thomas Hardy, who is blatantly referenced in the song “Me and Thomas Hardy,” or of the technical aspects and influences behind the music, the songs on Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP are highly enjoyable. Anyone who loves a good pop song should enjoy the bouncing rhythms and subtle synthesizers driving the title track. “I Love You Regardless” proves to be a nice guitar-driven ballad, and the EP is rounded off with the oddly creepy but entertaining “Didn’t Have The Time.” The only track that is really forgettable is “Let’s Climb the Staircase,” possibly just due to it being the middle track.

Basically, the biggest fault of this EP is that it is an EP and not a full album. More, please.

Nate Williams

Nathanmw@ou.edu

Dirty Money-Far From Home EP

September 1, 2007

Band Name: Dirty Money

Album Name: Far From Home EP

Best Element: Fun-loving sound

Genre: Punk

Website: www.myspace.com/dirtymoneyfl

Label: Thunderstruck Records

I’ve been told that straight, dirty, old-school punk is dead. Hey, I’ve even said it. Dirty Money’s Far from Home EP is a breath of fresh air for a genre that seemed to be on its last cigarette-smoke-infused breath. Dirty Money is the basic, fun punk that Rise Against tried so hard to produce, without the overt social conscience that dragged down every fun-loving riff.

Dirty Money has reproduced not only the sound but also the feeling of carefree old school punk as they hammer along with choruses of “You will never understand” in “Between Bottles.” While the lyrics will never win a Pulitzer, it doesn’t matter because the EP chugs along with driving double guitars and the rare bass solo by bassist and vocalist Ryan.

So it’s not the most complex album of the year, but it may well be the most fun I’ve had listening to music in the past month. You will not be able to get through tracks like “123 Fest” and “Ride Easy” without at least tapping your foot. You might even start a circle pit with your friends. It really is that much fun.

-Scott Landis

scott@independentclauses.com

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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