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…
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.