Dirty Rotten Souls – ‘Pure Bliss’ Single Review 

Stop what you’re doing and listen up. Your favourite rock band are back, with a revised line-up and a fresh new single and if you haven’t heard it, where have you been?

It’s been a while since Dirty Rotten Souls gave us new music to lose ourselves in. Their last release, ‘You’d Look Better With A Bullet In You’ released nearly 12 months ago, attracted attention from music fans far and wide, making it a must-have in their live sets and putting it at the top, as one of the best local releases of 2016. A “two fingers to the government”, ‘You’d Look Better With A Bullet In You’ was everything the general public needed and more, calling out ex-Prime Minister David Cameron for much of the controversy that surrounded him at that time. It defined a specific moment in political history and amplified the voice of the working class, something that continues to be turned down as much as possible, by those in power.

After riding that exciting wave right through until the final few months of the year, playing stand out shows at The Exchange, The Underground and as part of Lymelight and Ashcombury music festival, Dirty Rotten Souls suddenly retreated back into their hiding place. ‘You’d Look Better With A Bullet In You’ was quite easily their strongest and most popular release to date and they knew that the world would be waiting for them, to produce something as earth shatteringly powerful as before.

Now releasing music as a power duo, Dirty Rotten Souls have finally answered our prayers and have drip fed us new music, in the form of their brand new single ‘Pure Bliss’. If you’re looking for something that comes close to the ‘You’d Look Better With A Bullet In You’ hype, then you may be slightly disappointed. But once you stop comparing ‘Pure Bliss’ to that mother of a single, then you’ll see that this ticks all of your boxes.

It builds rapidly, through Danny Nicholson’s thundering toms, before crashing straight into a wall of Mark Bailey’s acclaimed heavy guitar sound – a key piece of the Dirty Rotten Souls puzzle. As you hit the chorus, that’s when ‘Pure Bliss’ really picks up speed. Bailey’s vocals are full of grit and rage, as his words bleed through your speakers, gushing out and forcing their way into your ears. Even as a duo, Dirty Rotten Souls still have a unique depth to their sound, making them more than just noise and guitars. Together, Nicholson and Bailey are a musical force to be reckoned with. Their combined talents, along with Bailey’s rough and ready, raw vocal style, make ‘Pure Bliss’ a fireball of a single that has the potential to do some serious damage.

‘Pure Bliss’ gives off a fresh feeling of a clean slate, from a rock outfit that could quite literally take their sound in any direction they wish. They’re still the same old pair of musicians that we love, but with a tiny pinch of something different that I can’t quite put my finger on just yet. Maybe it’ll take a few more listens of ‘Pure Bliss’ for me to find the answer, or possibly even another release from the duo, but one thing that you can be sure of is that Dirty Rotten Souls are back and they’re just as ferocious as they’ve always been.


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