When you throw one southerner and two north-easterners into a blender and pour them out in Los Angeles, you get an infectiously unique brand of Backyard Indie-Rock in the form of Ned and The Dirt. Together, the eclectic threesome have carved out a sound that is all their own – Ned’s southern roots can be found in his preacher’s tongue and garage-party swagger, and it’s The Dirt’s northern grit that gives their music a captivating edge. The trio are set to release a brand new concept EP entitled Wild Pack: Haunt These Woods on March 4th, and are giving us a taste of what’s to come with “We Scream Party” which premiered today via KCRW’s Music Blog. CLICK HERE to listen!
Wild Pack: Haunt These Woods is the result of a combination of things. The first incarnation of Ned and The Dirt was breaking up, as they were simultaneously dealing with their 22-year-old friend and former drummer’s crumbling marriage and addiction issues. Frontman/guitarist/principal songwriter Ned Durrett was also struggling with the fact that he was a year removed from his hometown in South Carolina. He was facing inner turmoil, not about the move, but about his lack of effort to maintain his connections with everyone he had left behind and was realizing that this was something that could have stemmed from the passing of his brother.
During this time, Durrett was also listening to Because The Internet by Childish Gambino, learning more about concept records, and became fascinated with Kings of Leon’s Youth and Young Manhood and their conveyance of young rock n roll parties, cougars, love, drugs, and alcohol. These influences planted the seed for the powerful new collection. The woods also play a significant role in the new music. Ned explains:
The woods are simultaneously open to everyone, yet they are natural shelter. It’s the reason that awesome parties in the woods feel so intimate and yet so wild, or the reason that they can feel like a personal sanctuary that anyone else can enter. It’s inherently contradicting, but I think at the heart of it is that the woods fool us into feeling like they’re closed off, when in fact they’re wide open. The thing that makes them feel closed off is this wealth of other living/breathing things surrounding us.