Q&A: Dirt River Radio
Who is Dirt River Radio?
We are St Kilda’s answer to a long forgotten question, “What the hell did you put in my drink?“ Or maybe it was, “How the fuck does he get his hair to stay like that?” Or, “Who let Brady write his own interview?” Regardless, DRR are a debaucherous gang of mates who play rock’n’roll roots-blues-alt country with a Melbourne attitude and a drinking team the size of a small army.
How long have you been gigging and writing?
Al Raunjak (Electric Mary, ex-Bugdust) and I used to play together in Couchgrinder in the late ‘90s, and when Ryan Adams blew his mind in El Paso (and subsequently a passion for Gram Parsons ensued) we formed in 2007 based on his new found love for roots music. I was raised on country, but denied it in myself for a lot of years (my Dad was a rodeo cowboy). Putting the O back in country indeed!
What has inspired or influenced your music the most?
Credence Clearwater Revival, Cosmos Factory, Rolling Stones, Exile On Mainstreet, Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads, The Pouges, Rum Sodomy And The Lash, Avett Brothers, I And Love And You, AC/DC, Powerage, Frenzal Rhomb, Not So Tough Now.
Any previous releases?
2008’s Come Back Romance…All Is Forgiven EP (Amphead) and 2010’s Beer Bottle Poetry (MGM).
Where are you playing, what are you selling?
To celebrate the Australasian Release of our brand new album RocknRoll is my Girlfriend, we will be performing at Revolver Upstairs, Friday August 3, supported by White Summer, Road Ratz and Winter Moon. Tickets are $10 presale, $15 door. To buy tickets for this drunken sing-a-long go to dirtriverradio.eventix.com.au and check out dirtriverradio.com for East Coast Tour dates and our plans for Europe and USA in 2013.
What are your favourite gigs you have played?
Our second stint at the Apollo Bay festival was huge, in the tent. Australian festival crowds have a reputation all over the world for being the real deal for good reason. But the gig we cut our teeth on was three years in a row summer residency at St Kilda’s Pure Pop Records. The response we used to get, even playing sitting down with a packed courtyard on a Thursday is still causing problems with city council. Sorry. Best gig in the free world. Tickets are set to sell out at Revolver so come down and see us make history for ourselves. Yeehaw!