When I began to listen to their self-titled debut EP of English band Dirty Rotten Souls (formally known as The Disclosure Project)I instantly recognised the sound, but it took me a few moments of thought before I could pin down this alternative 90′s rock sound. I spent a good hour debating myself ‘is it Blur, QOTSA, The Verve, Smashing Pumpkins maybe all of it? Or maybe no labels at all? Then suddenly it hit me like a speeding train, OASIS with a bit more American rock!
So what in this EP made me compare them with Oasis? If you hear it, you will realise! those slow drawn out Liam Gallagher vocals and youthful lyrics, typical 90’s guitar riffs and crashing drumbeats and the sense of youthful summer optimism. This combined mix of sounds and optimistic personal feelings is what makes Dirty Rotten Souls in my ears resemble Oasis.
The EP itself is four tracks that are short, snappy and in your face like any good debut should be, and this EP is better than good.
I’ve always said ‘stick Cocaine in the title of any rock song and you have an instant classic’, and Dirty Rotten Souls prove how right my non-researched theory is, because the best track on the EP, in my opinion, is the nicely named ‘Cocaine Submarine’. It was while listening to ‘Cocaine Submarine’ that Oasis smacked me in the face, because it includes all the quality ingredients I mentioned at the start, such as the 90s riffs, Youthful lyrics, and optimistic feeling.
Another side to ‘the EP that you cannot help but notice is, that underneath the obvious overall 90’s structure, is an American 70’s/80′s rock influence which is more raw and louder in its style and can be best heard in each of the songs guitar solos and longer riffs
In musical/creative terms it’s always ‘easiest’ to create a four-six track debut EP, but the real test will come when you are required to back it up with an even better second, and with Dirty Rotten Souls producing such a quality debut EP I look forward to hearing their next.