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The Dirtbombs
Turner Hall
Milwaukee, WI
May 1, 2008
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Story by Andrea Jenels
Photos by Black Sheep Photography

Hailing from the rock-n-roll metropolis of Detroit, The Dirtbombs are no stranger to rock, rhythm, and soul. With lead singer Mick Collins determined to "kill the Eagles", the deep voiced frontman has delved into numerous styles of music over the years. His almost three decade music career has taken him through periods of R&B, Glam, and even Punk. Even with an ever-changing line-up, The Dirtbombs can still pull through producing an exciting and heart pumping rock show. With the unique lineup of two drummers and two bass players (one being fuzzy bass), The Dirtbombs delivered a lively and loud show to Milwaukeeans on Thursday night at the newly renovated Turner Hall (garnering praise by Collins himself).

The crowd may have been small but the energy level was anything but with songs ranging from blues rock to punk glam. The Dirtbombs kept the energy level steady and flowing throughout the set. The foundation of dual drums (Ben Blackwell & Pat Pantano) and the fuzzy noise of the distorted bass (Ko Melina), set the raucous tone for Mick to lay down his deep raspy vocals. Winning over fans from all genres is not hard for a band whose sound infuses the basic elements of rock-n-roll spliced with dance-groove, punk, and soul.

Their new EP (We Have You Surrounded) plays off a theme of urban paranoia and a Big Brother angst quite possibly leaving you with enough questions to be considered a conspiracy theorist. This was apparent in their live show as Mick's shirt read "you are being watched". Packed full of energy, enthusiasm, and soul, The Dirtbombs thrive on stage and leave you red-blooded with a fresh appreciation for pure, un-commercialized rock-n-roll.

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