I now have seen Dirty Sound Magnet live twice. The first time around in 2014, promoting their flagship What Lies Behind. That was back in their old incarnation, when they sported Zep-fueled tunes on a bed of crunchy rock.
This time they got my attention right this week at the Rock Oz’Arènes festival in Avenches, the old Roman stronghold. And boy did things change: Gone are the musings from the past and in comes what the band calls Cryptic or Creative Rock. A mixture of Psychedelic and (very) Avantgarde Rock. Want proof of the pudding? Then try their latest album Western Lies from 2017. And truly, ’tis a potion not easily found on today’s modern music scene of pseudo Latino-Pop and Electro-scented front-runners for the mean masses.
Dirty Sound Magnet‘s performance at the pretty laid-back summer festival of Rock Oz’Arènes blew everything out of the water that day. No Calexico, Stereophonics and not even Texas got anywhere near to the oomph and projection power these local boys could muster. Okay admitted, styles may be different and the old bands still draw a large crowd. But they don’t really produce anything new anymore, and don’t even try. And that’s exactly the crux of the matter.
Playing a mix of old and new, the band around Stavros Dzodzos put the pedal to the metal, roaring out of the gate with a vengeance. Otherworldly riffs and solos squeezed out of a variety of guitars, outstanding and highly complex drum work, and a bass with a voice that clearly forms part of the tune, not locked in to the point of becoming invisible. Add to that a real rock show with action rarely seen these days on stage this side of the metal multiverse. Real movement with real emotion blazing down on the fan crowd.
Just comparing Dirty Sound Magnet‘s offering to the other bands on display at Avenches this fine evening, the difference was stunning. They really added lava to the rock on display. Red hot, blazing lava.
I can only recommend to go see them in concert, once you have a chance. You will not regret it.