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Billy Talent Live @ The Wavehouse

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

According to the front man of Billy Talent, Canada makes the best beer….well after last night’s concert it’s clear that the country has much more to offer than just cold beverages.

Durban was the last leg of Billy Talent’s South African tour, and the energy that the band, and the supporting act, The Dirty Skirts, brought to the stage could have fooled anyone into thinking it was the first concert. There was no holding back, no tailing off, every minute of each band’s set was explosive.

The supporting band, Cape Town band The Dirty Skirts, took to the stage earlier than expected at around 7pm and proceeded to warm the crowd right up. Personally I’m a fan of the band, so it was pretty hard to stand still and take pictures when they played some of their catchier songs. Though looking back, and from chatting to people at the event, I’m not sure they were the best choice as the sole supporting act. The Dirty Skirts sound is very dance and radio friendly, while the fans attracted by Billy Talent tended to be into a harder sound. But to give credit to The Dirty Skirts, I think they won over alot of the non-believers during their set, the crowd was really getting into it. They also put on a very energetic show which leads into Billy Talent’s set perfectly.

When Billy Talent took over the stage the crowd really went wild. Their set was just amazing from start to finish. The lead singer had enough energy to power a small country and he used every inch of it. The whole band was very professional in their execution of their songs, and the whole set flowed flawlessly. The crowd showed their adoration by sacrificing shoes, bras and even panties to be thrown at the band, whom loved every second of it. At one point the lead singer even tried to start returning the lost shoes; who doesn’t love a band that can rock your socks off, and then have the kindness to return them. All in all it was probably the best live show I’ve ever been to, well worth braving the freezing cold weather.

Review by Samantha Dawe



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Live Band And DJ Bookings | Contact Dirty Skirts Management

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Looking for a booking? Overtone handles all the top South African artists, from live bands and DJs to performance and entertainment art. Whether it’s for a corporate event, a public event, festival or concert, contact The Dirty Skirts. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria/Tshwane are the places to be this summer as we get ready to dance with The Dirty Skirts, South Africa’s premeiere indie rock live act. Let’s get the South African summer on the go!

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    Live Band And DJ Bookings | Contact Dirty Skirts Management

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Looking for a booking? Overtone handles all the top South African artists, from live bands and DJs to performance and entertainment art. Whether it’s for a corporate event, a public event, festival or concert, contact The Dirty Skirts. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria/Tshwane are the places to be this summer as we get ready to dance with The Dirty Skirts, South Africa’s premeiere indie rock live act. Let’s get the South African summer on the go!

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    The Party Is Happening | Dirty Skirts Album Launch

    Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

    Hey Guys and Girls

    Just a little word from the crew. We heading to JHB today and the party is all happening this friday!!!

    For all of those who have been asking, the cost at the door will be R60.00.
    We have a great Merch table with lots a goodies, including the new album! So bring extra cash….

    See you there :)

    Luv

    Candz

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    New Dirty Skirts Album: Daddy Don’t Disco

    Monday, April 28th, 2008

    Hello good people,

    Our apologies for being so quiet. But we have been cooking up something special for you – a new album, which is called Daddy don’t Disco. You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer as we are currently in studio recording the beast. We are doing this with Theo Crous, legendary guitarist of the Nude Girls, and now also a highly respected producer who has worked with a long list of cool bands. Now we are on that list too.

    Daddy Don’t Disco
    June 1st 2008: Prepare to disco…

    Writing Daddy don’t Disco has been an amazing experience; it’s been very rewarding, occasionally funny, and, as anyone who writes music knows, at times goddam difficult. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘who cares, just tell us what it sounds like.’ But we’re afraid that we just can’t do that. Not yet.

    What we can show you of the album writing process you’ll find in our pre-production blogs. Check out the videos (on the “if you’re dirty” group and our band page) that examines our pre-production process, as shot by our friends at the African Attachment. Or the pre-production photographs shot by the talented Mister Ross Hillier (check out this guy’s stuff). Or just carry on reading this insightful and well written blog to fuel your erudition. What we can tell you is that the previous album On a Stellar Bender was really a collection of songs whose origination spanned at least a year and a half; the material had various authors and mirrored a changing band. To the contrary, Daddy don’t Disco was written in three very intense months. Whew.


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    “We knew we needed to get cracking.”

    The process kicked off with writers’ shock as we realized that the months of improvising (as a methodology for generating new material) had yielded no songs. We had recorded tons of audio files, which contained sonic explorations, riffs, some interesting moments and a fair whack of nice sounding, slightly useless sound garbage. What was lacking was much evidence of strong verse/chorus relationships. With Theo Crous’s studio booked for April, and our first pre-production session with him as our producer planned for early March, we knew that we needed to get cracking, and fast.

    The outcome of us knuckling down has yielded something that sounds pretty different to what we have made before. The songs “have their own being”, and have us wondering that we might have created something very unique.

    Once we complete the album we will tour to the UK in late May. In June we will launch the album in South Africa and proceed to tour our country over the course of a few weeks.

    All tour details will be announced through the media, our Facebook (‘If you’re dirty and you know it clap your hands‘ has moved. Here’s the new page). And don’t forget to download the free mp3s you’ll find on our Myspace

    See you soon,

    The Dirty Skirts

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    Dirty Skirts: Vote On Hi5@5

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    The Dirty Skirts are hovering around the top five on 5fm. Vote for them.

    Message from The Dirty Skirts:

    If you like us and want to clap your hands with us, if we make #1, please vote for us! Its as simple as sending an sms to 33345 saying: Hi5 The Dirty Skirts Is This It?

    All the chocolate cookies in the world to those that vote :)



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    TRL Radio Tour Launches

    Friday, February 8th, 2008

    The windy Mother City was the start of the TRL radio tour, with The Dirty Skirts opening to a quarter-capacity crowd. An absolute disaster! Or so I thought as I chewed mercilessly on stale gum for the opening of the University of Cape Town’s Student RAG week. Oh dear…

    The Dirty Skirts

    But if the Skirts were put out by playing to a small crowd, they didn’t show it. High energy, high tempo indie pop-rock a la Jet, Killers and Bloc Party set a high standard for the rest of the lineup (Fokofpolisiekar, Lark, The Dirty Skirts, Goldfish) to follow. As darkness fell, the crowds grew and the beer flowed like wine. By the end of the Skirts’ set a good part of the Old Biscuit Mill was full.

    During the intervals, people spread out under the stars braving the wind for a change of scenery and some fresh air. Jocks with their upturned collars and bootleg jeans eyed indie kids with skinnies and Chuck Taylors. The vibe was comfortable, and there an air of expectancy hung thickly over the smattered audience. What’s next…?

    Fokof’s multitude of Northern Suburbs followers seemed to be out in force, and julle weet mos daai force. As the band burst on stage almost all in black, the agenda was clear to all: MAYHEM! The crowd roared with new vigour. Mass moshing. Asylum-like screaming. Aggressive Afrikaans lyrics were thrown back at the “we’ll take it all” five-piece rockers.



    [all images by we-are-awesome.com]

    It was time for the rose to enter the thorny den. We welcomed Inge Beckmann and the finely tuned boys of Lark. Inge, the only female to take the stage as a band member the whole evening, expressed a little concern to me backstage about not having had a soundcheck, but nobody would have known. Grace. Power. Even genius. On occasions, Looping the classically trained voice with digital effects produces some psychedelic results. Amazing.

    Next up was down and dirty house-style two-piece Goldfish, who took to the decks, blasted sax, and twanged double bass for some serious electro-funk-jazz, probably in preparation for their album launch on March 9th. They adapted well from what they must be used to, playing every Sunday for the beautiful people of Camps Bay in a club that plays very little other than house and hip-hop. Wait…don’t tell me you’ve never been to Goldfish Submerged!

    A somewhat informed punter, I’d say the kick-off to the TRL radio tour was a huge success. The evening offered something for everyone. From indie, to classic rock and even house. No one felt left out.

    The rest of the tour promises to be a huge success as they move on now to Joburg and Pretoria where International act OkGo! will be joining the fun and no doubt learning from our local talent! If you live in the Joburg/Pretoria area, go out and show your support, and contact us about covering the gig. You won’t regret it!

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