With their unconventional lineup and unique melding of genres, the Dirtbombs create a sound that is all their own. The structure of two bassists (one on fuzz) and two drummers gives the band a heavy rhythm-bass sound that drives the music forward and inspires the dance in even the stiffest of blokes. This structure isn’t going to become the new standard for rock bands – it definitely wouldn’t work for everyone, but it’s perfect for The Dirtbombs’ sound. Drawing on Detroit’s rich musical history, the Dirtbombs are a hybrid of influences including soul, blues, Motown and garage/punk. The listener hears Stevie Wonder one second and the MC5 the next.
Formed in the late 1996 as a “just a side project,” the Dirtbombs lineup has included several key members of Detroit rock music scene, but at the group’s core is the legendary Mick Collins. Collins writes all the bands original material, as well as wails out the vocals and strums the lead guitar. Collins has been a big figure in the Detroit scene since the early 80′s. His minimalist and bluesy approach to garage rock with his former band The Gories has influenced countless bands – most notably the White Stripes.
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