The Dirtbombs: Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! – album reviewThe Dirtbombs ‘Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!’ (In The Red Records)
CD/DL/Ltd Edition Pink Vinyl
Released 17th September

OH YES! The Dirtbombs are back with the record that Mick Collins has been threatening to write for years…a pure sugar coated pop record. And man, has he done it in style. Where their previous outings were fit for sweat dripping dive bars on a Saturday night, this is their Sunday afternoon sitting in a cider soaked summer breeze record. The melodies on Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! sit back and float on the air throughout the ten tracks which, if you’re one of the lucky 200, will be spinning on bubble-gum pink. Nice!

Opening track Sugar On Top sets their mission out right from the off with its lyrics of ice-cream Sundays and sugar dripped treats. The classic Dirtbombs’ sound is right up front, with their two drummers rattling off each other while the melodies are fuzzed out behind some truly scorching vocal lines. Their pop hearts jump out from the record as they employ all the classic tricks with sure class that you’re fast hooked into their grove.

Side one closer, and one of the stand-out tunes, is Jump And Shout which could well be the band covering classic Jackson Five and this is where Mick Collins shows us his vision perfectly. This record was written for vinyl, a classic in every sense. As you flip from the party closer of side one you’re hit square with what is no doubt the last thing you would expect from The Dirtbombs – the Simon and Garfunkel-esque The Girl On The Carousel, not unlike the acoustic ballads that we’ve recently been hearing from their garage contemporaries, The Cynics.

The Dirtbombs: Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! – album review

Mick Collins is quoted as saying that he much prefers putting out singles instead of albums and the record closes with what surely that single would have been, the triplet of tight pop tunes known as The Sunshine Suite. Sunshine Girl rockets along with rhythms bouncing higher before we’re dropped into No More Rainy Days/Sun Sound Interlude where we’re given the distinct feeling that they’ve been hanging out with the Super Furry Animals a tad too long. As the final notes linger at the end of Sun Sound… they suddenly catapult us into the Beach Boys drenched album opus that is We Come In The Sunshine. A sure-fire classic classic rolled up in jumping brass backed up by the sweetest harmonies the band have ever produced.

Coming out of the basement and into the light, The Dirtbombs have just crafted their best record yet. Let’s see how long we can keep them out for

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.


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