Dirtbag Republic - Downtown Eastside

Dirtbag Republic Downtown Eastside cover
Dirtbag Republic
Downtown Eastside
Spawner Records
2017
6.5
Average: 6.1 (16 votes)
Dirtbag Republic, the Canadian band that was formed by the two Vancouver rock veterans Sandy Hazard (vocals/drums) & Mick Wood (guitars), is back with its sophomore release two years after their homonymous debut.
 
The band blends punk-rock, with glam rock, rock & roll & glam-punk… having as major influences the mighty Hanoi Rocks, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Rolling Stones, Pretty Boy Floyd and New York Dolls among others. Since they are not new in the music scene, they know how to play the game and they did they best they could, honoring their influences in a pretty good way. The production is a bit “dirty” and “raw” in a way – this kind of sound fits the specific kind of music, so it’s fine in general. The album was produced by Sandy & Mick, mixed by Stu McKillop @ Rain City Recorders and mastered by Svante Forsback @ Chartbusters Studio.
 
Without being anything super, the album is good but it lacks the big hooks that all the aforementioned bands used to deliver in their albums. “Downtown Eastside” is a step forward than the debut; then again, it takes more than that in order to make a break in the scene especially these days. I guess it will be cool to see these guys live on stage; they would give quite a show, so do not miss the chance to check them out if they play in your city…

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