Not only did Sonic Masala give the new Dire Con album a mostly favorable review, but also a lovely bonus nod to COP’s Urgency. Additionally, they are featuring the track, “Wasted Youth,” in addition to “Pills.” This is also the second reference in a review, basically dubbing this style of sound as “grunge.” Noted!
Written and performed by Hamilton Ellis and Dire Con
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Arrison Kirby
Hamilton Ellis – vocals, guitar
Adam May – guitar
Patrick Fulwood – bass
James Flores – drums
Artwork by James Flores
Recorded at El Studio, Knoxville, TN.
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.
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.
In our ongoing effort to reissue as much as the El Deth catalog as we can to the major digital retail outlets, this one was next.
Originally released in 2004, this was one of the earliest projects to come out of El Studio. I had met Hamilton at an open mic type of night at the now defunct Blue Cats in Knoxville’s Old City. We kept in touch and he gave me a DIY cassette release of something called The Common Cold EP. I absolutely loved it and we’ve passed through several musical doors together since.
This album features a track with Dire Con backing him up in full. (Of course I’ll take this moment to plug the upcoming, self titled, Dire Con release that El Deth will be throwing into the universe in a few months.) Also, note the additional lyrical stylings of The Illiest on that same track.
The chick on the cover, playing the part of Sara Lewis (who is named similar to that chick from Jag Star), is actually Melissa Fagan of The Melissa Fagan Band.