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DIRTY LUNGS…

DIRTY LUNGS...

Native Sons, Native Sound

Interview by Josh Matthews and Kaydee Mulvehill

Photo by Brent Thompson

Dirty Lungs grew up in Birmingham and has helped to cultivate the defining sounds at the center of the evolution of the live, local music scene. We talk to the band about their upcoming album, Look Expensive and Smile, and how it captures their dynamic, live energy that local fans have appreciated for nearly two decades. 

We’re here with Ronnie Lee Gibson, Carson Mitchell, and Ra-Jaan Parmley of the Dirty Lungs. And you guys have a new album on the horizon.

Carson: We have a new album coming out in a couple of months. We’re still trying to work out the distribution. There’s already a single out on Spotify and iTunes, Dumps like a Truck. You can check it out.

What’s the name of the album going to be?

Carson: Look Expensive and Smile. It’s a title track. I saw this Vice article about this 24-hour strip club in New York City that doesn’t close. The law there is that… [read more…]


Editor’s Letter

Editor's Letter

By Josh Matthews

Photo by Brent Thompson

Why print? In this convoluted digital age that we live in, much is lost when there is so much information, quite literally, at our fingertips. Nothing against the use of our mobile devices, tablets or computers. I rely on them daily. But there is something special about a more tangible experience like that of a book, magazine, paper or album. It’s more memorable because it requires a slightly different energy and focus, and depending on what medium you enjoy, it can provide us with a break, or a bit of solitude, from the digital world. I look forward to those days when the new Rolling Stone shows up in my mailbox. I look forward to those nights when I can put on a record and listen to an album in its entirety while exploring the art and words within its cover. And I loved when I could pick up a Black and White at Rojo, pull up a stool to Kip’s bar, and read the music section over margarita and some tacos. 

Here at MusicBham Monthly, it is our… [read more…]


Dirty Lungs, StarBenders, Future Primitives

Dirty Lungs.

If you’ve spent any time in Birmingham, Alabama, you’ve seen a Dirty Lungs sticker slapped on something. Though the city’s musical landscape has changed dramatically since the band formed in 2006, the Dirty Lungs are still standing–and they’re just as gritty and focused as ever.
Several tours and member changes have contributed to the constant evolution of their sound. The Birmingham-staple garage-surf outfit has continuously reinvented itself and now moves forward as a four piece. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as British Sea Power, Jacuzzi Boys, The Clientele, and many others. This summer they prepare to release their Communicating Vessels debut.
Their new record is not, by any means, the archetypical Nirvana-esque rehashing of an old Kinks record that seems to egress from every garage in America these days. The influences beneath Dirty Lungs are indeed abounding, and Mitchell’s vocals are the force that unites them all.
To compare Dirty Lungs to any particular album would be unfair–their latest release is an extension of their own sound reinforced by a focused exploration into new musical realms. Produced and Engineered by Michael Shackelford (studiophonic) with mixing by Lynn Bridges, they assured the band’s music would leave listeners anxiously anticipating the…

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5 Shows In August 2015

5 Shows In August 2015

1. Songs Of Water

Show Info: Workplay / 8.21

While their sound is reminiscent of Anathallo or Sufjan Stevens, Songs of Water is truly a one-of-a-kind band. Their music is ethereal yet energetic with hints of folk and bluegrass, which isn’t surprising, considering one of the band members is the son of Ricky Skaggs.

 

2. The Pollies

Show Info: Saturn Birmingham / 8.14

With their upcoming album, ‘Not Here’, this Muscle Shoals based band promises to shift from their alternative rock sound to something more experimental. Given the quality of their last album, we’re sure the transition will not disappoint.

 

3. The Dirty Lungs

Show Info: Saturn Birmingham / 8.19

Local rock band The Dirty Lungs delivers eccentric hard rock that sometimes sounds like their name, in the best way possible.

 

4. Clear Plastic Masks

Show Info: Birmingham Museum of Art / 8.13

You can add this band to the growing list of quality rock and roll to come out of Nashville, TN. With a sound that will make you nostalgic for the good ole days of rock, The Clear Plastic Masks brings together soul and attitude in an incredibly authentic way.

 

5. Peter Bradley Adams

Show Info: Iron City / 8.20

If you’re looking for something a little more acoustic, look no…

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Featured Video – Dirty Lungs

Featured Video -  Dirty Lungs

“I Suck In Bed”

Dirty Lungs

Communicating Vessels, 2014

If you’ve spent any time in Birmingham, Alabama, you’ve seen a Dirty Lungs sticker slapped on something. Though the city’s musical landscape has changed dramatically since the band formed in 2006, the Dirty Lungs are still standing–and they’re just as gritty and focused as ever.
Several tours and member changes have contributed to the constant evolution of their sound. The Birmingham-staple garage-surf outfit has continuously reinvented itself and now moves forward as a four piece. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as British Sea Power, Jacuzzi Boys, The Clientele, and many others. This summer they prepare to release their Communicating Vessels debut.
Their new record is not, by any means, the archetypical Nirvana-esque rehashing of an old Kinks record that seems to egress from every garage in America these days. The influences beneath Dirty Lungs are indeed abounding, and Mitchell’s vocals are the force that unites them all.
To compare Dirty Lungs to any particular album would be unfair–their latest release is an extension of their own sound reinforced by a focused exploration into new musical realms. Produced and Engineered by Michael Shackelford (studiophonic) with mixing by Lynn Bridges, they…

[read more…]