J.D. WILKES AND THE DIRT DAUBERS – Wild Moon

Album: Wild Moon

Artist: J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers

Label: Plowboy

Release Date: September 24, 2013

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 BY MICHAEL VERITY

 It really doesn’t get any louder, dirtier or more distorted than “French Harp Hustle,” the screaming instrumental that opens J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers new set on Plowboy. It sets the pace a gritty hour of music that veers from garage rock two-step (“Apples And Oranges”) to Bo Diddley backbeat (“No Rest For The Wicked”) to classic blues rock (“Angel Crown”). “Hidey Hole” and “Drive” aren’t quite as raucous as “French Harp Hustle,” but they employ enough Wall Of Voodoo distortion to tear open a speaker or two, given enough volume.

 On the other end of the spectrum, Wilkes’ wife, co-writer and singing partner Jessica gets especially fine treatment on “No More My Love,” a woozy barroom ballad that quiets the noise just enough to highlight her soulful side. Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome’s production is perfectly grimy and the pacing is dance party perfect. For readers who like it a little rough, this record is the perfect soundtrack to whatever rough stuff you’re doing.

 DOWNLOAD: “No More My Love,” “Hidey Hole,” “French Harp Hustle,” “Angel Crown”

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