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It’s been, and continues to be a hero’s journey conducted in their inimitable style. For four years they remained independent of the South African music industry… unsigned, unmanaged, maybe unmanageable. However2008 has seen the band sign their colossal new album Daddy Don’t Disco to SONY BMG.
The Dirty Skirts formed in Cape Town after a fortuitous braai-side meeting between Jess and David; a meeting of compatible hard working dreamers. They immediately set out to etch the band onto South Africa’s musical Hall of Fame by independently recording and releasing their eponymous debut mini-album in 2005. Singles such as “Feeling the Pressure” and “Set Me Alight” scorched up the local and student charts. Their first full length debut album On A Stellar Bender followed in 2007, with the barnstorming single “Homewrecker” reaching 1 on a number of national radio charts. In late 2007 they began writing the follow up album Daddy Don’t Disco, which was released on the 27th of June 2008.
As with most bands, The Dirty Skirts are not fans of pigeon-holing their music (“we’re not pigeons”), but their sound is steeped in an alternative rock tradition stretching back some fourty odd years. Think Pink Floyd, David Bowie, John Lennon, Talking Heads, The Pixies, Jane’s Addiction, The Cure and many more.
Featuring Jess de Tolly on lead vocals, synthesisers and guitar, David Moffatt on lead guitar, Passion Paliaga on bass and Markie de Menezes on drums, theirs is a mixture of alt pop, punk and rock – with a solid dose of electronica thrown in for good measure. The Dirty Skirts are clearly not scared of hooks, quirk, humour, and riffs, all of which are belted out over their soaring melodies. One writer once described their music as “the sweetest kick in the hind quarters you ever had”.
An essential part of The Dirty Skirts experience is their live performance. They are an astonishing proposition on stage, a heady combination of effervescent joy, humour, passion and raw animal power. They favour a punchy, “nose bleed set”, with improvised jams interspersed between their material. The result? They fill the largest and best clubs in South Africa, they have headlined every main stage of the country’s top festivals; they’ve successfully taken their music to the UK and the US (including performing at the SXSW festival in Austin), not to mention a spotlights worth of media attention.