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East Lancashire band those Dirty words are a magnet for metal lovers
BENEATH neon-strip lights set across the back of the cramped stage, their front man, Pops, stalks and twists so hard it looks like his spine is made of rubber.
Behind him, Those Dirty Words guitarist Richard Blenkinsop stares straight ahead as the walls of the Puschkin Club in Dresden, deep in the heart of the old East Germany, shake like a giant maraca.
In the crowd people dance and pogo to the Clitheroe band until the sweat is dripping off them and they look like they are having the time of their lives.
“We got together over a pint one night when Paul (Pops) left Wasted Angels, and the next thing we are touring Germany, Slovakia and Hungary, and the whole thing was mental,” said guitarist Richard Blenkinsop, who works at Reidy’s in Blackburn.
“It was like a mad boys’ outing for a month, a taste of the rock and roll lifestyle.
“No matter where you go in the world there’s a huge appetite for heavy metal and it was never a fad.
“But they are mad for it out there. It is an incredible rock scene — they want us to go back and hopefully we will go.”
The Ribble Valley rockers return to more familiar territory next month, headlining a homecoming gig at their local venue, with Urban Empire and Good Foxy.
Having toured with the Quireboys and Heavy Metal Kids, Those Dirty Words are beginning to forge a powerful reputation on the circuit with their anthemic rock and roll energy and now a home crowd will get the chance to see what all the fuss is about when they play the Grand in Clitheroe.
Together for three years, their raunchy riffs, muscular guitar solos and thunderous drumbeats has seen them attract a growing following since the launch of their punchy mini album, Sitting Pretty.
One song, Stranglehold is a rampaging mix of Motorhead meets Thin Lizzy.
“We don’t play that one much any more. We might bring it back for the Clitheroe gig, though, because it is a powerful song,” added Richard.
“There’s all sorts in our music. It is a mighty fusion of sound, but it is always evolving.
“The lead singer is heavily into Kiss and Aerosmith, while I’m a Beatles fanatic.
“We have a pile of new songs and hopefully we’ll have another release out this year. “We might not be as loud as we were, but we still kick up a storm and get the pulses racing.”
- Those Dirty Words with Urban Empire, Good Foxy, the Grand, Clitheroe, Friday, September 6. Details from 01200 421599.
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