INTERVIEW: The Dirty Shirts

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Good, just getting ready for the release coming up this week.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ol’ Chains Romance”?

It was the first song we wrote, even before we had a name. We weren’t really sure what our sound was going to be like since we’d never created something from the ground up together, but we knew we wanted it to sound huge and make something that people wanted to dance to. The only thing we set out was to write the most rock and roll record possible.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Aside from being out at a lake house and drinking a few bottles of champagne and writing the music for it, I (Nick) had recently had a family member that passed away and my uncle said “Long love is a bad habit” referring to trying to move on with life after someone you love is gone. How love and death are on two sides of the same coin kind of ticked me off, and we just ran with the idea.

Tell us more about the video coming out with this track.

We had our friend Rico Deleon come into Modern Electric studios with us to document making our first record, and everything going on around that. We wanted people to be able to get a sense of who we are, and I feel like that comes across. We obviously take our music seriously, but we had a fucking blast in the studio. It was also more than just the band that made the record turn out the way it did, and we’re glad that some of those people made it into the video.

How was the recording and writing process at Modern Electric Sound Recorders?

It was the perfect fit for us. I (Cameron) worked on Dustin Massey’s record there last year and knew pretty much immediately that it’s where we needed to make The Dirty Shirts’ record. Noah Eichler was the perfect match to engineer and produce the album with us, and the sounds he got made the record. There’s some voodoo at work in Modern that you can feel in every record that comes out of there, and we’re really stoked to be a part of that now. The songs were already written going into the sessions but working together in the live room with the band and with Noah took them to another level.

What role does Dallas play in your music?

Dallas is home for me (Nick) and I’ve always loved the music scene here, even when I was living in Austin. Even though we’ve known each other for 17 years, it wasn’t until we were both back in the Metroplex that we started working and writing together. There’s something special about the music scene and the people in it here that’s not like anywhere else.

Would you call this a departure or rather a continuation from your previous musical work? Tell us more about your experience playing in other bands around Dallas.

We’d both been hired guns for years, and almost entirely in the Americana and Country scenes, so this is a pretty big break from what we’ve been working on individually for the last while. We’ve both played in a bunch of bands around the area and played everything from mostly empty rooms in Deep Ellum to sold out shows in Deep Ellum. We were already playing around Dallas and Fort Worth when we met as kids, and we really haven’t stopped since then.

Was it easy to tackle down and explore your own new sound or was it a challenge pursuing your own music?

Everything came fairly naturally. We both grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff and have constantly been sending each other music since we met, so those influences came out pretty quickly. We really approached each song like its own project, so they all have their own personality, but with a common thread through all of them that ties them together.

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?

It’s great. We’ve got the next couple singles lined up and are working on the rest of the record right now. We knew we wanted to come out of the gate with a full-length.

Any tentative release date for the album?

Spring of next year. We’ll have a few things out leading up to that though.

What else is happening next in The Dirty Shirts’ world?

We’re finishing up recording the album through the end of this year, working with Cal & Aly on some more visuals, and will be booking some shows through the end of 2020, but are going to hit the ground running in 2021. You’re not going to be able to get away from us once we’re out of the gate.

The Dirty Shirts - Ol' Chains Romance

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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