Having met at 10,000-feet high in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado band Dirty Snowman Society are ready to take your musical enjoyment to new heights and believe they’re part of a major resurgence in rock music.
To give us a taste for why, the band sent us debut single Taste of Heaven. It opens up with a funky laboured guitar riff and a laid-back lick over the top. These continue as Frank’s engaging vocals take over, before bigger guitars kick in under repeats of “Bring me down.” It then intensifies again in “Oh bring, bring me down, Let me taste your poison, Fill me with your disease, Take, take me down, To your underground, Baby where I can breathe, Your slice of heaven, Your slice of hell, Tastes like heaven to me.”
Cool, almost eastern-sounding guitars take over, then a slow laid-back guitar lick feeds into a funky guitar solo. Give it a listen in the lyric video below:
They’ve followed that up with the release of second single Mad Bull last week, which you can take a listen to for yourself below:
We had a chat with vocalist Frank Costantini to find out more about the band, read on below…
GR: Who are Dirty Snowman Society?
Frank: “We are four guys who love rock. We all live at or near Copper Mountain Colorado in the winter. I (Frank) had gotten to know Jonnie and Chris pretty well through other friends and we all had been in bands before. We started playing at my house for the joy of it – the rock we love to listen to, and decided what we really wanted to do is create our own version of the genre.
“We had the chemistry – we knew it in the first 30 seconds of playing. We were just jamming and Jonnie is ripping through some screaming licks
and we just knew it. (So did the neighbors.) We searched for a bass player
and were lucky enough to find Pat.
“The name was formed kinda from a dare – we were driving to dinner with a bunch of friends, it’s snowing heavily and we got into this conversation
about blues-based rock – Chris wrote/breaks into the Dirty Snowman Blues
on the way – it’s a bit cheeky – everybody in my truck is laughing so hard I
about drove off the road. The name stuck – it fits where we are from.”
GR: You just released Taste of Heaven. What should people be expecting from the song?
Frank: “You can expect a hard-driving sound with chordal and thematic movement – this song is reminiscent of some of the bigger sounding songs in
mainstream rock with just a little darker flavor.
The story of the lyrics and the music are relatable – it’s about a relationship
that isn’t healthy but is irresistible. We’ve all been there. Chris was playing around with the piece on an acoustic and the sound of it really felt to me like this topic – so we all went with it. It flowed from there.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Frank: “Hard-driving relatable mainstream rock with cool musical movement – reminiscent of some of the bigger sounding bands. You could say there is a dash of alternative in there sometimes. Again, relatable topics – we will say what we want to say, even if it is a bit irreverent. That’s the point of Rock.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Frank: “We tend to write about life experiences or to say something we think needs to get said. For us some of the best music comes from a time of turmoil – either personally or in society – obviously the 60s and early 70s is an example of that. We think we are in a period like that now. We’ve got some stuff coming out on our EP, and in particular our next single, Mad Bull, that speaks to it.
“It doesn’t hurt that women love creative guys. That can be motivating too.
As for the process, for us it is almost constant, and it’s really fun. Chris
and I talk sometimes several times a day – he or Jonnie will send around a
treatment, a kind of a starter, with something they are working up, and we’ll all take that clay and see what we want to make of it.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical
“We are four different guys. For me, it’s a range, Rory Gallagher and
Taste (I still listen to this almost daily), Bowie (so interesting musically),
The Stones, Cream, Steely Dan because of the storytelling, Led Zeppelin
and I’d have to say the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.
“The other guys have their own list, we are a diverse group, but we’d overlap a bit. We all love jazz and we love the Foo Fighters. Jonnie and Chris are probably pissed I didn’t mention Hendrix. It’s cause he is untouchable.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
Frank: “We are releasing the rest of our five-song EP throughout the fall so you can expect a lot from us very soon. We will be headed back to the studio to finish the EP as an album as we get into the end of the year/the beginning
of 2020 – we aim to get out to support that as we get into next year.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
Frank: “We think we are helping fill a void – I love listening to my records but want to hear new stuff and we think there is a resurgence in rock coming. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great bands doing great things – look at the Foo Fighters and Tool for example – but we think their success is evidence of the desire for even more.”