CC Smugglers – ‘Dirty Money’ Single Review

Sometimes, in this modern world we live in, it’s hard not to feel like you’re being sucked into a dark dismal vortex, where happiness is merely a fantasy. The rapid nature of a consumer-driven lifestyle, that links big houses, fancy clothes and flashy cars to the feeling of contentment and self-worth, is hard to shut out and walk away from.

It takes a band like CC Smugglers to put everything back into perspective and their brand new single ‘Dirty Money’, is guaranteed to do exactly that.

The six piece roots band, made up of multi-instrumentalists Richie Prynne, Ryan Thomas, Sam Barret, Dan Edwards, Iain McFarlane and Tom Seals, are riding a very exciting and continuously rising wave. Their previous single ‘Rhythm’ earned them a place on BBC Radio 2’s playlist, as well as a chance to perform a live session on BBC 6 Music. On top of that, the band have played sold out shows in the UK and overseas, as well as bagging themselves opening slots for big names including musical royalty Bruce Springsteen. 


‘Dirty Money’ encompasses all of that and captures the momentum that surrounds the band perfectly. Beginning like the soundtrack to an old western movie, ‘Dirty Money’ carries a blues influenced melody and rhythm that makes you want to get out of your chair and dance like no one is watching.

The chorus, complete with repetitive lyrics and a banjo riff that flows underneath the whole thing, is screaming out for audience participation. Lead vocalist Richie Prynne’s distinct vocal style bleeds through the music as does his personality, finding its way into every bit of ‘Dirty Money’ and there’s no doubt in my mind that this song will be stuck in your head for days on end.

CC Smugglers are like the cool kids. They’re the kind of band you’d try to form and end up falling pathetically short. ‘Dirty Money’ will pull you out of your dark days, pick you up when you feel down and remind you that happiness is achievable, whether you’re rich or poor.