The Dirtbombs Play the Middle East Downstairs

I enjoy the Dirtbombs. I’ve always liked their music, but never loved them. My opinion is different now. I love them live. Their albums are fun and great running music, but the live show blows their recorded stuff out of the water. I guess they’re just one of those bands that’s better live than on disc (which is so much better than the other way around).

I was highly impressed by the whole thing. The most impressive thing to me was the lack of stage banter. It didn’t really register while I was at the show but afterward I realized that only lead singer Mick Collins spoke and that was one or two short sentences during the encore. There was no break in the music the whole time. It was incredible. The band just went from one song to another with barely a pause in between. In all the shows I’ve been to I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band do this and it’s awesome. Everything was seamless and I can’t help but think that the Dirtbombs practice religiously and know each other so well that no communication is necessary between them while they play.

dirtbombs-2.jpg It wasn’t just the non-stop playing that impressed me, though. The actual playing was phenomenal. Any band with two drummers is going to get my vote and both of were spot on. Mick Collins has a great voice and “fuzz” bassist Ko Melina… well, I just want to grow up to be her she’s so damn cool. They played a really tight, energetic set and the packed Downstairs crowd loved every second of it.

I can’t say enough about how phenomenal the Dirtbombs are live and I find it hard to believe that it seems they don’t have a larger following, but maybe they want it that way. All I can say is that I’m a convert and I would urge everyone to come with me the next time they play around here.

By Stacy Coronis

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