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Classic Album Review: The Dirtmitts | The Dirtmitts

The Canadian alt-rockers hand over a debut disc loaded with hard-pop bon-bons.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Think of your favourite female-fronted bands: The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Breeders, Pretenders, Veruca Salt, etc. Here’s a new name you just might want to add to that list: Vancouver’s Dirtmitts.

OK, their handle isn’t so great. But this impressive debut album makes up for it. There are a lucky 13 hard-pop bon-bons here, starring the sweet ’n’ breathy harmony vocals of guitarist Natasha Thirsk and bassist Jennifer Dean, offset by the dissonant, crunching guitar-chop and solid drumming of the boys in the band. Come to think of it, most of this disc is a nice blend of complements — rough and smooth, soft and hard, noisy and melodic, clean and dirty, and a whole bunch of other opposites that add up to something very attractive indeed. Now, about that name …