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. The summer of 2014 played host to the release of their label debut.
You can almost hear the garage doors rattling as they tear into the first three chords of “I Suck in Bed,” the first track of their upcoming self-titled release. Two blistering, reverb-soaked minutes later, the track dissolves into “All My Cats,” a remarkably catchy alt-country tune. From there, Dirty Lungs continue their exploration of new sounds and voices. The grainy, bass-heavy guitar tones of the band’s past releases are very much present throughout--as are Mitchell’s unique vocals. The 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 silky, warm 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 future of this long-standing Birmingham band.
The album released on July 15, 2014 via Communicating Vessels and is available on cd, vinyl, and digitally.
“…these cats are, sonically speaking, wise beyond their years, hearkening back to a brighter, more innocent era during which psych and folk and hard rock and pop all commingled in one glorious, hashish-scented scene, boundary-less.” – BLURT
“ Not just another love song, “I Suck In Bed” rips the sheets rights off, messes up the room, and turns the former sleeping quarters into a fort of chaos.” – IMPOSE Magazine
On one hand, Dirty Lungs’ sound displays a gear-like meshing that could only stem from their eight years as a band, but on the other, there is a rawness to their music that can be likened to the early experiments of teenagers in a basement. – The Aquarian Weekly
“Dirty Lungs = John Frusciante x Deep Purple + Black Lips” – SLUG Magazine
“All in all, Dirty Lungs is a quirky collection of gems, and 31 minutes of varying, powerful moods.” – POPMATTERS
Communicating Vessels is an independent record label in the historic Woodlawn district of Birmingham, Alabama. Started by
Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero, Isidore), each contributing artist can count on support, whether in studio or across the ocean. There’s a family in place to nurture & share in experiences. And these artists are safe to push themselves while beginning and ending on a firm foundation....more