Album Review: Dirt Box Disco – “Immortals”
Ah, the rituals of life. Spring turns to summer, the sun rises on a morning and Dirt Box Disco put out their annual album of foul-mouthed pop-punk. “Ready or not, we’re comin’ for ya/’Cos you wanted more!” they howl on opening track Ready Or Not and it’s a fair introduction to this, no less than their sixth album. The Buzzcocks/Undertones style duo of Teenage Lovestruck Blues and You’re The One For Me duly follow and it’s pretty obvious this band are on their usual solid form here.
As standard with Dirt Box Disco, they’re at their strongest when they let their enjoyably daft Toy Dolls/Peter & The Test Tube Babies style sense of humour come to the fore and happily there’s plenty to get your teeth into on that front on Immortals as Stop Shouting is a diatribe against drunk chav couples arguing outside pubs and Caveman manages to namecheck Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone in the chorus. Mummy’s Boy is a frenetic diatribe against internet loudmouths and Box Of Tapes is a fun ode to sitting out in the garden getting drunk and listening to your old mix tapes on your stereo. The furious Box Set Addict and 10 Pint Kamikaze Jager Smash meanwhile should be self-explanatory from the titles.
As I’ve mentioned before on these pages, Dirt Box Disco always seem to be one of those bands who split those of us at Pure Rawk right down the middle – some people get ’em and some don’t. Personally though, I’ve always found them to be very enjoyable – a fast foul-mouthed dose of rock in the manner of everyone from Sham 69 to Wolfsbane. If you fall into this category then I’m happy to report that Immortals is up to the standard of previous offerings and is definitely well worth a look.
It seems to be a recurring theme whenever I review a Dirt Box Disco album that I end up saying that if you like this band then you'll love this album, but if you don't then it probably won't change your mind. But sometimes there's a lot to be said for sticking to what you're good at and while Immortals doesn't really strike out into any new ground, what's on here is pretty much up with this band's best stuff so far so it really seems a bit churlish to complain.