Richer Unsigned: Artist of the week – Dirty Rotten Souls

Stoke-on-Trent has produced a number of musical talents over the years; including Robbie Williams, Lemmy from Motorhead and now Dirty Rotten Souls. As their name suggests, the ‘Souls have far more in common with Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister’s band than the aforementioned Williams.

With one foot firmly planted in a Rock ‘n’ Roll groove, DRS forge out a fresh sound that’s both instant and catchy. Their music bridges heavy with melodic – think Iron Butterfly: weighty rhythm combined with pleasing guitar riffs. Here, Last Penny Blues swaggers from chorus to verse with unstoppable force.

It initially seems easy to pick out Dirty Rotten Souls influences – sure, Mark Bailey has a typical English drawl spawned from Public Image Limited’s John Lydon and reminicent of Kasabian’s Tom Meighan. Danny Nicholson (drums) and Mike Williams (bass) create a bluesy rhythm-section with a style made popular by the likes of The Black Keys, and rising bands Royal Blood & NME favourites Drenge… But then there is so much more happening here. A distinct showmanship with the guitar and swelling riffs get Last Penny Blues driving full-tilt. Building in intensity to the first verse, this track will get you out of your seat, thumping your fist in the air and being grateful it’s festival season once again.

Currently both touring and recording – be sure to check them out live this summer and key your ears peeled for new material coming your way: