Posted by: will | September 27, 2006

Dirty On Purpose…

Dirty On Purpose “Hallelujah Sirens” (North Street)

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Dirty On Purpose are an indie pop band residing in NYC. Hallelujah Sirens is the band’s first full-length and it’s definitely an admirable debut. This album is a series of hits and near misses. Where the band might lack in originality, they do make up with talent and sheer ambition though.

Album opener “No Radio” recalls Broken Social Scene with its rich instrumentation and interweaving male/female vocals. “Your Summer Dress” echoes latter day Superchunk and it sounds remarkably good. “Light Pollution”, the obvious single on Hallelujah Sirens, sees the band’s driving rhythms playing perfectly over delicate vocals. The band really is quite adept at that particular style and on “Marfa Lights”, they recreate that same beauty. The noisy, feedback laced “Monument” is the band’s tribute to Sonic Youth. Unfortunately, the album loses some steam on its second half as the band just does not do enough in creating a memorable melody to grab onto far too often.

Dirty On Purpose has put out a solid effort here with Hallelujah Sirens. It certainly bodes well for the future. Hopefully the band will choose to blaze more of their own path rather than coming off as a hodgepodge of more well-known indie bands though. But, give them credit, their influences are impeccable.

RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, Superchunk

Listen:

Dirty On Purpose – Light Pollution (mp3)

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