“Drinking songs by drinkers for drinkers.” That is exactly what we find on Blackout Drinking, the new EP by English seven-piece band, The Dirty Tales. You might be propelled directly into St. Paddy’s mode (I know, I know, St. Paddy’s is Irish and the band is English, but it’s inevitable, the UK is just unanimous on the love of beers and drunken song singing) after giving this short but sweet record a listen. Believe me, it’s one o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m already holding a London Porter as I type this.
Let’s be quite clear about something before we move to the inevitable appreciation rant for this little fun nugget of an album; high scores are given to those who fulfill a purpose, and intention. Thus, a high score for The Dirty Tales. They sing about drinking, and whilst doing it, make you feel like DRINKING. No beating around the bush, no guessing game about what emotion we’re feeling while listening, its simple and clear, and that is what fulfilling purpose and intention looks like. We’re not talking about a piece of outstanding and creatively fierce artwork here; we’re talking about what was intended and the product delivered. When you pop this one in, you can find a non-stop flow of melodies easy and fun to hum along to, and eventually sing at the top of your lungs before collapsing into the wooden pub chair right behind your sweet little drunk ass. What’s more, only a mere 20 minutes and five tracks long, pumping out a bit of political anger and outing idiotic political figures, the album seems like a perfect fit for any party situation. There’s a reason why Irish style pub music works, all the time, and that reason is joy. There is no loophole for negative emotions, even when the subject matter is quite negative, when the music is always consistently joyous, culturally charged on togetherness, easy to dance to, and simple in structure. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t come alive with the traditional form of drinking music and a couple pints of their favourite brew. It may or may not be a very healthy way to deal with things nobody knows how to deal with, and come out of it a little bit wiser, and a little bit kinder.
The Dirty Tales provide a clear message that’s hard to disagree with; we’re drunk, we’re angry about stuff, and we’re going to sing about it because that’s just how we roll. I like it, and I’m certain you will too. Slide this happy piece of important content into any human gathering and I guarantee you, it’ll either be a time of happy and crooked smiles to remember, or just a pure fucking blackout.
Written by Talia Plante
*edited by Mike Milito