Review: David Midgen & The Dirty Words – Killing It

Posted on: Thursday, Jun 20, 2013

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David Migden  & The Dirty Words – Killing It

(Self-release)

The Kent-based outfit, David Migden & The Dirty Words bring something a little different to the table with their second release, “Killing It” . . . at times a dark and brooding mix of blues, funk and more, and other times light and summery! This is a band definitely on the rise, evident by them being the UK winners in the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues, resulting in them flying off to Canada in September to appear at the prestigious Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton.

The band comprise David Migden (vocals and trumpet), Joe Gibson (guitar), Graham Mann (keyboards), Phil Scragg (bass) and James Sedge (drums) – with all 11 songs being original Migden compositions, the music kicking off with the title cut, “Killing It”, a prime slice of funky blues kicked into action by Joe Gibson’s guitar and highlighting the front man’s fine voice, aided by all the other members of the band contributing backing vocals.

The following “Blues” is again firmly in funk territory, with Joe Gibson again to the fore, with nice work from the rhythm section of Phil Scragg and James Sedge; Migden’s  mournful trumpet features throughout “Old Joe”, a jazz-tinged tune with another striking vocal performance. The lovely “Shel” switches the direction again on this ‘nod’ to the American performance, writer and poet, Shel Silverstein – again beautifully performed by all, and featuring nice piano from Graham Mann.

The band hit a nice groove on “D.A.W.T.P.W.M?”, with some vocal gymnastics, both natural and treated, by David Migden; this leads into the dark and bluesy “Rev Jack Crow” . . . a sort of Nick Cave meets Captain Beefheart tale . . . Joe Gibson laying down some sparkling guitar leads here. The 6:18 of “Heaven” is another standout, starting just with Migden’s voice and Graham Mann’s piano, before the band kick in on this blues-tinged ballad.

Elsewhere we have the summery “Admiral”, with a lovely hook on the chorus; the acoustic slide guitar intro to “Desert Inside You”, with the tune rattling along rockabilly style; the strutting rock/funk of “I Can’t See Her Face” . . . with this fine and most varied release ending with “The Line” . . . a sparse, heartfelt ballad that builds, and again showing that these guys are to be watched out for!

“Killing It” has been out for a good while now, and it is definitely recommended for those with ears open to something a little different!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.davidmidgenandthedirtywords.com

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