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04.02
2016

A long dive in the filthy Surf Rock of Dirty Fuse

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Normally, one would wonder why a group playing a music style that is already 54 years old is worthy of an interest. The fact that Dirty Fuse play mainly their own compositions, they already have an audience that follows them fanatically, that within a few years they have recorded five albums and EPs and one of their pieces has been voted one of the 101 best Surf Tracks Worldwide from 1970 onwards, are more than enough reasons to generate an interest. The good thing is that they are not the only!

Dirty Fuse is a band for live performances. When on stage they produce an incredibly fast and straight sound and manage to stir the audience from the beginning to the end, turning each performance into a crazy party. Not bad for a band that from 2008 to 2015 has changed its line up several times. They play old school Surf Rock which is "seeded" with furious Garage / Punk energy, that when combined with the peculiarity of Surf - namely its direct associative relationship with California and the sea and the "oriental" melodic lines with which Greeks are familiar - is a recipe that automatically wins their audience. 

Their first issue in 2010 was a 7 inch 4 track vinyl titled “Lost Riders”, from which "Look Around" stands out. Duda Victor (guitar), Chris Karl (drums) and Panagiotis Kotsiopoulos (bass) were the group’s line up at the time. 

Two years later, with the addition of Costas Bakoulas (guitar), Manos Kisamitakis (saxophone) and the arrival of John Drake (bass), the band released their first LP entitled “Dirty Fuse” with 12 compositions, of which only one was not theirs. This album is indeed an all about Surf story. With a sharp and solid play of the rhythm section, the necessary reverb on the guitars and a trippy saxophone, the band takes us to their own narrative of what is Surf, in terms of origin, style and performance but in a very familiar way. The pieces that stand out from this album is "Surf Lady" and of course "Sunset Beach", a cover of "Akrogialies Deilina" by Vassilis Tsitsanis, which made them widely known through radio airplay and as a favorite of many DJ playlists. It is also their piece that was voted number 47 in the best 101 Surf worldwide from 1970 onwards. 

The success of "Sunset Beach", and a tzouras (small bouzouki) that was found in the hands of Duda, led them to further explore the musical paths of rebetiko in Surf style. By the way, it was the patriarch of Surf, Dick Dale who “married” Rock n Roll to the Middle Eastern and Lebanese music of his homeland as well as Greece with his magnificent adaptation of "Misirlou". So, in 2013 they released on vinyl a 7 track mini-album with rebetika turned Surf. This album has the characteristic that oozes fun from beginning to end and contains familiar melodies played with a punkish and fresh way, of which "The Blue Windows" and "I'm a Junkie" stand out.

The inexhaustible energy of the band, who apart from touring across the country and participating in festivals abroad, led them back to the studio just a year later. In 2014 they released another long play entitled “The Last Wave”. This album has the particularity of exploration. In it Dirty Fuse flirt heavily with Garage and oriental musical paths, and so they use relevant instruments. The pieces "Atlas", "Surfness" and "Oasi" stand out, as well as "Islands in the Surf" and "Stranger on Mykonos" two compositions of Jim Skiathitis, of the legendary Greek-Australian band The Atlantics, who gave them as a present to the band and the cover of "The New Victor" of Dick Dale, played with the tzouras bouzouki. 

Note even 2015 could pass without a new recording for the band, as this was a key year for them. The founding member Duda Victor went home to Brazil and for this reason the band recorded a farewell EP, appropriately entitled “Back to Brazil” with the title track standing out. In this recording (and in the band) Eri Kapetanaki is now added (guitar) and has been tasked with a leading role, since the other band guitar is also frequently absent abroad, in which she responds extremely well without compromising the sound and energy of the band. 

In any case and with all varying line ups Dirty Fuse are and will continue to be a band dedicated to live performances. If one considers that they are an exclusively instrumental band then the extent of the effort of all the musicians participating can be perceived. When this effort translates into an audience endlessly dancing before them, then we speak of a successful live band, whose musicians can at the end of the day fall asleep with a smile on their face. 

Informations

Visit Dirty Fuse here: http://dirtyfuse.com/index.php?page=music
Download their music here: https://dirtyfuse.bandcamp.com
Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/user/dirtyfuse
Follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/dirtyfuse/

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Solus Ipse Gherkin

Solus Ipse Gherkin hails from a distant planet and landed on Earth in 1968 because of an accident during an intergalactic journey. Since then, he strove to acquire earthly existence but managed to become a human only recently, in 2015. In the past, his alien nature found shelter at frequencies, laser beams and optical fibers inside which he could only feel and understand music. Today, although he is, at last, a human he can do nothing else but to live, speak and write about music (and for this reason the rest of humankind treats him with the appropriate kindness).

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