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An interview with THE DIRTY YOUTH (by Roland Oei)

The Dirty Youth are one of the hardest working bands currently doing the rounds. They released a 6 track mini album in 2008 which sold phenomenally well and have played at Bloodstock and Hell Fire festivals. With Scuzz TV, the Agency Group and high profile management all getting behind the band, the future is looking very bright indeed for the Welsh rockers who are expecting to release their debut album later this year. Roland Oei talked with vocalist Danni Monroe and guitarist Matt Bond to find out more about this exciting band.

How did the band get started?

D : I met Matt at a festival in West Wales and his band were playing at the time and I was about 16 and I was doing solo stuff and we got chatting backstage and a few months later Matt got in contact with me and said that he needed a singer so that is how the band started and then we started to write a few songs just demoing a few tunes and started on Myspace with ‘Fight’ which is going to be our single then we needed a drummer and we got Tom in. How did we get Tom?
M : We saw him at a gig. We stole Tom from another metal band which is now called Mutiny Within. The same with the other two members really, Luke and Leon. We just pinched them from other bands. We watched loads of bands and took the best members.
D : Hopefully we have made a Welsh super band.
Are the two of you the main song writers?
M : Yeah. We kind of get a song down to what standard we think is ready to go and we’ll sit in a room and jam it and the others will have their input.

You had an EP for sale tonight. What other product do you have for sale and what is on that EP?

D : On the EP we did 6 songs.
M : We did the EP before we even got a band together because we just wanted to see how people reacted. We set up the MySpace and we just put question marks by the names of all the members.
D : We had a really good logo didn’t we.
M : We put a really good logo up and everyone thought it was a signed band's side project at first so we had a load of hype over it and that was it. So we did the EP and we had a small amount printed at first and we sold out quite quickly and we got the band together and we had another 2000 printed
D : We did a really shit tour of the UK, the shittiest venues you can ever imagine in a 20 year old minibus. It was mad.
M : We had loads of holes on the side of the van so we stuck stickers on them and when we were pushing the van our hand would go through the van.
D : We slept in that, all of us. That’s when you can tell if your band is going to succeed. That was in June 2008 when we had just got started.
M : We got to play Bloodstock festival that year as well and we were shocked at that because we are not really a metal band but we didn’t turn it down because we wanted to go there anyway and watch some bands.

So that was 2008, what have you done product wise since then?

M : We kind of spent a long time then doing the album. We wrote about 20 odd songs and got it back down to 10 and we carried on gigging.
D : We changed it a few times like after doing Bloodstock we were influenced to go heavier because those were the kind of gigs we got offered like we did Hellfire festival in London and it was like we need to write some heavier songs as we played with really heavy bands.
M : We kind of got pushed in that direction that we didn’t really want to go in, just by people offering us those gigs. We just wanted the gig and we were desperate to play in front of people and we wrote our sets to cater for the gigs.
D : We had two sets at one point. We would go out and do our pop set and then we had a metal set.

So at the end of the day what kind of band would you call yourself?

D : We are just rock.
M : We are a straight rock band. We love our big choruses.
D : We call it ‘biker-nun-rape-stick’ or ‘disco-nun-rape-stick’

You have lost me on this completely

M : Good.
D : When you say that people tend to listen to it. They go what the fuck is that?
M : You can’t just say you are a straight rock band, no one gives a fuck.
So are you waiting for the right label to come along before you put the album out?
M : We are in no massive rush really. We have just been confirmed for some big festivals in Sweden and we are doing Getaway Rock with Slash and Europe. We are really excited about doing all that and we’ll just see how it goes. We are not desperate to get a deal. We are enjoying ourselves far too much to have any pressure. We are selling enough to make money to go on tour so if a deal comes along, a deal comes along.

Does the band pay your wages to the extent that you don’t need other jobs?

M : I have another job but that is in music as well.
D : It’s the perfect job and he has worked his bollocks off to get it.
M : The band as an entity pays for itself. We have our own van and we have our own tour bus that we have just bought.
D : We are just doing it up at the moment, it’s got a kitchen in it. I don’t know any other unsigned bands that have their own tour bus.

So when do you actually want to see your album on shelves in shops?

D : Definitely this year. We just want to start writing the next one now. We can keep writing but I want to get something out.

What do you feel are the highlights of your career so far?

M : We got on Scuzz TV which was cool and they rang us.
D : We did that all by ourselves which was the only kind of PR thing that we have done.
M : Someone did a video for us for free because ITV were doing videos for bands and we kind of went down there and there was this big unsigned banner.
D : It was like they gave us this video camera for a week and they said right just take that around with you for a week and film yourselves and we’ll edit it and they did a show called unsigned and they put it on telly and at the end of it we met them with the video camera and we did 2 music videos. And we did ours in a steel works in our home town. Getting on the agency group was a massive thing for us. That has got us loads and loads of shows and now we have come to the point where we are finishing the album and we are getting Colin Richardson to mix it and we’ll be doing it at Nottinpill studios.

Anything else you want to say?

M : Buy our album. Buy two copies.



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