Album review: Dirty Hearts | General Bitterness and Inner-City Moonshine

If you’re into legitimate rock’n’roll then Dirty Hearts is for you!

The local three piece very clearly show their Aussie 90s and British 70s rock influences and have a kick arse sound that has earned them support gigs with Australian favourites DZ Deathrays, You Am I and Velociraptor.

Their debut, ‘General Bitterness and Inner-City Moonshine’ is an album that insists on being listened to at volume. It really is the only way to do justice to the smoking guitars, wailing vocals and punchy drums.

The 70s style smooth guitar and tamborine of first track, ‘Sand-Lea’ are a fairly gentle introduction evolving into an accurate promise of the power to come throughout the album.

‘Dead Eyed Girls’ gives soaring vocals that are reminiscent of Danzig, while track ‘Mary’ presents a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds vibe. ‘Louis XIV’ displays the band’s tight sound and you can almost hear the fun they are having as it leads into the guitar solo.

‘Be Right There’ is a stand out for me, the dirty rhythm giving the vocals more menace. The mood picks back up again to finish the album on a high with ‘Hold Your Hand’. Dirty Hearts had me at ‘Sand-Lea’ and refused to let me go until the very end.

In short, Dirty Hearts, dirty rock’n’roll. ‘General Bitterness and Inner-city Moonshine’ is an album of glorious noise, reminding you that rock is most definitely not dead. The official release date for the album is 30 October but head to Currumbin Creek Tavern on 20 October for the launch.

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