The Burning Peppermints Archive
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…
This year’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival is on track to be just as heavy-hitting as last year’s debut lineup. Sure, Primus won’t be there this year, and that’s a total bummer–but there are plenty of unbeatable bands you may be unfamiliar with, bands whose talent will make this hot July weekend definitely worth the sweat. With two days and four stages (including the exciting addition of the Seasick Records Stage), Sloss Fest 2016 will be a rager. Read through our top picks as you begin to plan your weekend at the Furnaces!
Sunday / Blast Stage / 5:45 – 6:45pm
Here’s a bold statement: expect this to be the best performance of the weekend. Dr. Dog offers premium songwriting loosely mirroring The Beatles, with unexpected time changes, psychedelic-inspired weirdness, ingenious melodies and refreshing vocal harmonies that turn bad days into good days. Dr. Dog brings all this to the stage, with a powerful, heartfelt, and insanely talented performance. Their newest album, The Psychedelic Swamp pays homage to their early experimental years, except with better recording equipment. Every piece of the Dr. Dog puzzle is a work of art, and with each album release, we get to play in their world for forty-five minutes or so. We…[read more…]
Farzad with The Burning Peppermints, photo courtesy of Dez Wilson
By Lindsay McDuffie
Intense passion compels the best musicians. We see it every day–Alabama has a fire in its belly. One band, The Burning Peppermints, has forged ahead as a cardinal element in Birmingham’s alchemical music scene. Ahmad Farzad is one such wizard, playing baritone guitar for the Peppermints, producing quality records at his own recording studio, King of the Jungle Productions (KJP), and sharing his gracious attitude and learned experience with those who stand in his light.
But it’s not magic–it’s hard work. It’s regret. It’s redemption. In part one of this interview, we discussed Ahmad’s role as a record producer. In part two of this interview, featured below, we discuss his role as a musician, and the unending passion it took to become one of the best.
The Peppermints are playing Sloss Fest this year. How are you and the guys preparing for this opportunity?
Honestly, we’re working just as hard as we’ve worked when Sloss Fest wasn’t on the bill, when St. Paul and the Broken Bones wasn’t on our schedule. That’s pretty much our game plan; just keep doing what we’ve been doing, being as critical on ourselves as we usually are. But also, don’t change shit, make…[read more…]
Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.[read more…]
The band initially formed in the Spring of 2009 with drummer Casey, and two guitarists Jordan Smith and Evan P. Donohue. That fall the band decided to ﬂesh out their sound
with bass and a third guitar, adding Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. They self-released the ﬁve song EP, Aloha, in November. The album sounded like a mix between an uncontrollable college party and a gut-wrenching Tae Bo workout. With the Mediaﬁre
link popping up on a variety of blogs, Aloha became a sleeper online sensation. Perhaps due to the unusual band name, the EP garnered around 1,500 downloads in its ﬁrst week online. By the time the… [read more…]