Born of warehouses built on stretches of land that are not quite Memphis, Dire Con is quintessentially modern, underground, southern rock. Front man, Hamilton Ellis, brings forth songwriting chops in the vein of Neil Young, dented and bruised by Arrison Kirby’s gruff production, harkening back to Check Your Head era Beastie Boys.
This self-titled collection of songs reflects on the darker, grittier aspects of southern living. It touches not on topics of American pride and confederate nostalgia, but a small town underbelly of drug abuse, secret lives and death.
This disc is the sixteenth release from the El Deth recording label. It will be digitally available on Spotify, iTunes and all other major online distributors on May 29th, 2011.
Check out the first single, “Pills,” on Soundcloud…
We have not yet officially announced the release of Dire Con’s self titled EP, but the single, “Pills,” seems to be getting some attention. This week (which is maybe last week by the time I discovered this), the track got listed on the weekly Top 13 list at Advanced Demonology. Flattering words, uniquely stated, accompanied.
Memetics is a project by Aaron Shugart-Brown and Arrison Kirby. Nathan Brown (Obadiah, Hypencrunk, Soulbot) will also be joining them on this evening. Click here to check out an old session with just Aaron and Arrison.
Deep Green is a new, more jazz oriented project featuring some of Knoxville’s finest musicians: Dave Eckman, Dustin Milotte, Grant Parker, Patrick Morgan and Judson Clinton. Click here to check out their sound.
Wasted Youth Party is a brand new project by Wesley Wyrick (DolpynRydyr, COP, Star Mountain). Not sure where to find any of it online so I guess you will have to just come see.
If you have a Facebook, please RSVP on the event page.
May as well announce it now that the long-in-production, self titled EP from Dire Con will be released in the last week of May this year. Our new friends at A New Band a Day were the first to give it some press love, featuring the single, “Pills,” today on their site. They accompanied it with some very kind words and a lovely real world parable about being polite.
While you are there, bookmark their site and refer daily for new music, duh.
Right click and “Save As” to download the continuous mp3:
“Music for the People” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Okei San” – Natsumi Abe
“Wonderwall” – The Mike Flowers Pops
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Danny Welton
[Fitter Happier tease]
“Koibitomo inainoni” – S. Ichii & Y. Nakazawa
“Forever and Ever Amen” – Randy Travis
“Heaven (Candlelight Mix)” – DJ Sammy
“Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)” – Roxette
“In Time” – Robbie Robb
“Hawaiian Melody Mix” – Morning Musume
Hey. It’s April Fools Day and I like my humor dry. So instead of using this platform to Rick Roll you, I’d like to present you with a picture of Mitt Romney, accompanied by this aural array of equally cornball stuff. If you have guests tonight, I highly suggest this mix for your background accompaniment.
You might even feel better about your life if you can make it the whole way through once.
…or you may kill yourself, of course.