The Dirt

Trans-global duo Leon and Sachiko aka The Dirt arrive on the Manchester scene with a startling EP to end a year of great music. Wayne AF Carey gets the lowdown…

The Dirt are a Manchester based noise fused psych band that includes spoken word poet Jack aka Leon the pig Farmer and his Japanese multi instrumentalist wife Sachiko. They combine DIY psych shoe gaze guitar loops, electronic rhythms and abrasive spoken verse to full genre bending effect. Leon has an assertive take on spoken word with fast firing rhythmic verse and a sharp outlook on both his mental health recovery and other social topics and observations that catch his eye. An energetic delivery that has been compared to both a belt fed mortar explosion and a staccato assault full of energy and emotion which can silence and mesmerize an audience. Both Mark E Smith and John Cooper Clarke have been mentioned in reference when people have attempted to explain his spoken word delivery. Notable performances for Leon already include a Ritz appearance and supports to many established Manchester artists, old and new.

Sachiko has previously played in bands and performed in Japan before recently moving permanently to the UK. She is an accomplished guitarist with a loop and effects pedal board to capture the eye of the purist. Her influences range from Pink Floyd to Ride and Jesus and Mary Chain. This is their first venture together having had the breaks put on any development once Covid restrictions began in 2019. They did create two self produced EPs in March 2019 that were distributed on Bandcamp, which brought interest from some music press and radio stations, however any potential live performances were curtailed. The unique duo have now released their debut physical EP on Golden Believers Records and are ready to take their experience to the streets Leon’s performances are already renowned for delivering off the hook spoken word performances where a commanding stage presence and clever words are anticipated by the audience. Sachiko adds depth and a new level of energy with layers of raw guitar loops and effects that compliment the harshness of Jacks lyrics.

It’s a psych swamped dark story from Leon’s mind that swirls with effects and a drone like quality that harks back to Spacemen 3 and early Spiritualized. A nod to the early days of acid drenched guitar squalls, an ode to Suicide, some bizzare lyrics, especially on the brilliant Astral Elevator with the lines “A Velvet Underground acid heart attack” and “purple, red, orange, pink, black black black black” John Hall, God rest his soul would be raving about this. A proper journey deep into classic drone psych with the master of words worming his wordplay into your brain as always. A refreshing trip with lots more to come if Leon and Sachiko have anything to do with it…

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Words by Wayne Carey, Reviews Editor for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

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"I'm a 50 year old man, and I like it!" A music nut from North Manchester residing in Northwich. If it's good I'm on it. Most genres covered but mainly alternative post punk indie with a love for all things psych.


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