Cardiff. The city where four very talented musicians met and formed a
band that sculpts songs that not only belie, but show two fingers to the
tender age and inexperience of their makers. Their makers' name? Dirty
Perfect. This EP is their debut release.
Lead track Lines, Opiates And The Demented Operation is not an easy
introduction. In fact, at first it seems demented - a fairly useful
adjective to describe the opener. Others might be cluttered, frenzied and
overwhelming. But allow yourself to be consumed by the spine-smashing rhythm
section and scouring guitars as LODO rips itself out of the bad books with
a striking but twisted charm. It is Nothing Inbetween, however, that holds
the magic that cements Dirty Perfect as more than just young hopefuls, but
serious contenders for far bigger things. A haunting verse, a chorus that
flattens anything in its raging path and a terrifying vocal delivery that
is the first hint of Rich Frennaux's potential.
What's endearing about Dirty Perfect's debut is that they're not afraid
to let their music do the talking. The traditional verse/chorus structure is
challenged as the songs are smattered with off-course interludes. The fact
that Dirty Perfect manage to achieve this without their songs sounding
bloated is a skill that should have many of their superiors wincing with
jealousy. It's clear that Dirty Perfect have the songwriting skill and
gothic art rock originality to play with the big boys, but it's also evident
that they need time to find and hone their sound. Nevertheless, this debut is
genuinely exciting and promising. Dirty? Yes. Perfect? Not yet.