Seattle’s Dirty Rugs are on a mission to bring back the raw rock sound of the 90s and, from what we’ve heard thus far, they’re making a damn fine job of it.
The band released new single I Got Your Moves a couple of weeks ago, which has more than a little feeling of Kings of Leon about it. It opens up with cool stabbing guitar chords that drop into a light verse, before bursting into the kind of rocking chorus that makes you want to throw your body around in appreciation. A cry of “I ain’t lost it” takes us into the chorus of “Get back, Shake that, I got your moves too” with lively guitar support.
A cool little bending guitar lick comes in during another relaxed verse, before diving back into the raucous chorus. That’s followed by quick, rolling chords, then light vocals and guitars gradually build up to one final blast of the chorus before ending on a smash of guitar chords. This is a really fun track that promises plenty for a new EP that’ll be out in October.
We’re also loving the sound of the band’s previous single We’re All Dying (I Feel Alive). It again features a raucous shoutalong chorus amid more laid-back verses and funky guitar riffs aplenty. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with frontman Cody Plaiss to find out more about their music and the latest track ahead of their upcoming new EP. Read on below…
GR: Who are Dirty Rugs?
CP: “We’re a Seattle band made up of long-time musicians. We were all previously in other projects, and after a chance encounter at a bar with the drummer and some songs rough drafted on GarageBand, we formed Dirty Rugs. It came together very effortlessly and naturally.”
GR: You just released I Got Your Moves. What should people be expecting from the song?
DR: “I made the initial riff almost mindlessly on my bed while watching something on Netflix. Once I played it, it caught my attention and I brought the riff to the band and everyone immediately dug in and made it 10x better.
“What started out as an acoustic, almost dancey, riff became a much more rocking ‘indie-punk’ sound. Lyrically it’s inspired from being in the music scene for 10+ years and really just having that anxiety or worry that what I’m working on or crafting isn’t good enough. I think it’s something all creative people face, and it made it really easy to connect with and just belt out.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
CP: “We are mainly a rock band with a tinge of alternative. We have no problem dipping our feet into other genres, but mainly stick to what we love.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CP: “Really just day-to-day life influences me to write music. It’s one thing I truly love to do and is a great release. I don’t really sit down with any topics in mind when writing, but it was interesting to listen back to our upcoming EP and hear the themes I was singing about. A lot of them have to do with getting older and looking back. I think now that I turned 30 I must be looking back in the rearview and reflecting on how tumultuous the past 10+ years have been, all the good and the bad.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
CP: “Personally, my strongest influences are a wide array of things, from Waylon Jennings to early Kings of Leon, early Metallica, AC/DC.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
CP: “We are releasing our EP Two Sides on 10 October. We have a mini fall tour in October that will bring us down to southern Oregon and back. We are releasing a video of us playing live at a Seattle house show. We also have a lot in the works for 2020 such as a vinyl release and more touring. It’s been a really exciting time for us!”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
CP: “We are really excited to release our new EP Two Sides. We have put a ton of work into getting this record completed and perfected. We love it, and hope you will too!”