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Albums Of The Week: Dirty Talons | Dirty Talons

Silly Austrians! They clearly don't know whether they want to be a ’70s rock band, an ’80s pop band or a ’90s metal band — and I sincerely hope they never figure it out.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dirty Talons’ self-titled debut album compiles the first two recording sessions the band completed in 2021 and 2022. All the tracks and most of the lead vocals were live at Radiokulturhaus in Vienna in just a few days.

While guitarists Marco and Zock (as well as bassist Bernie) have released several records together during their time in Astpai in the past, this album marks the first time they have worked with the remarkable vocalist Jess Howells. Her lyrics explore intra- and interpersonal struggles and connections from different perspectives and touch upon themes such as anxiety, love, insecurity, narcissism, anger, loneliness and regret.

Photo by Michael Marlovics.

Musically, the band’s earlier influences were left behind and the new formation focused on a more straightforward sound: Dirty Talons play heavy riff-rock with three guitars, musically influenced by bands like Sheer Mag, Kvelertak, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Boston and Judas Priest, while Howells’ highly energetic, yet clean-sounding vocals are more reminiscent of ’80s pop and rock. Lyrically, the songs deal with subjects such as inner conflicts and self-doubt, narcissism and manipulation by others, but also self-empowerment and determination.

All tracks were mixed and mastered by the amazing Peter Miles, who has previously worked with bands such as Architects, We Are The Ocean, Petrol Girls, Crazy Arm and lots more over at Middle Farm Studios in Devon, U.K.”



Photo by Michael Marlovics.