Alabama trio The Dirty Clergy have honed an exciting grungey rock sound that harks back to the rock’n’roll days of the ’50s and ’60s and carries a distinctly punky edge.
The band sent us latest track Trials to have a listen to, and it’s a real grower. It opens up with light guitars and drums under Brian’s echoey vocals “There’s nothing for me here, Been too far gone, Why is it you believe, There’s something wrong, Days don’t matter anymore, The sun don’t shine anymore.” The atmosphere builds with bigger guitars and backing instrumentals leading up to a big reverby chorus.
The band does have a rockier edge though, such as the lively Decades, the opening track from their debut album Rattlesnake. The track is a little Gaslight Anthem feeling, with a glockenspiel tune that sounds more than a little like… We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Or is it just me? Either way, it’s a fun, bouncy track that we’re loving. And the album in general really is a superb listen, mixing rocky tracks with deliciously engaging songs like Ghost Stories. So go check it out.
We had a chat with guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Brian Manasco to find out more about the band…
GR: Who are The Dirty Clergy? And where are you from?
BM: “We are a band from Winfield, Alabama. A small town about 65 miles NW of Birmingham. We are made up of myself, Ky Carter (bass) and Cody Moorehead (drums). We formed in 2010 as a folk duo, eventually shifting into a rock band. I have been with the band since its formation in 2010 and the other two came on board in 2012. So we are holding pretty steady.
GR: You just released Trials. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
BM: “They should be expecting something new and different from us — in regards to our last album. We went more with a shoegaze, dreamy record this time. We really had to. I don’t like doing the same thing over and over.
“The song is about getting answers, wanting to know, having to know, don’t wait around, figure it out if you have to. Life is too short to wait.
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
BM: “I’m not sure how to describe the sound. Rock with some reverb and extra reverb. I just write it and know how I want it to sound. I’m not great at describing an actual sound.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BM: “Mostly putting myself in situations of people I know, or myself, and write about it. Usually, it’s always something sad. Sometimes I try to throw people off with something upbeat, but even then the words are depressing and dark. It’s relatable, right?”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
BM: “Band of Skulls, Raveonettes, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been the most influential I guess I could say.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
“We have a new album, In Waves, that will come out later this year. We have no shows scheduled, but a lot of music and videos!”