Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, but if you haven’t heard there is a new quartet in town. San Diego natives Monterey Salka, Christy Huber, Mark Delgado, and Eric Pietsch have arrived and with them they bring a little six-track, punch-packing doozy. In six songs, Dirty Sirens, led by Salka and Huber, is a deliciously feminine-metal slap in the face. Grit and grime textures the higher register lead vocals from Salka creating a truly unique sound and revolutionizing the notions of what a “girl band” can be. Without holding anything back, the album has been described as, “Fleetwood Mac-gone-metal (Owl and Bear Staff – Owl and Bear)” –especially considering their grungy rendition of the classic “The Chain.” If this doesn’t resonate with you other descriptors that could suffice may include “Heart on acid” or “everything Joan Jett Wishes she was.”
Dirty Sirens’ self-titled rookie production includes a slew of familiar timbres. What stands out most about this relatively short collection is its near perfect execution of that old familiar ’80s heavy metal sound. Distortion, heavy bass, hard-hitting snares, bellowing kicks, growly vocals, and dark lyrics render the album a tip of the hat to older acts such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and the like. But with a lady at the forefront, Dirty Sirens have created their own little, unique niche.
For a quick look into the metal timbre of Dirty Sirens lend an ear to their version of Fleetwood Mac’s, “The Chain.” Where the original is clean, the Dirty Sirens’ version is wonderfully soiled with metallic undertones. Gravelly and distorted, the ‘Sirens make their claim and personalize the cover– a challenge not so easily achieved. Moving on, once one has heard “The Chain,” I advise starting the album from the top. Track one, “Siren Song” is a an excellent glimpse into the originality of the Dirty Sirens’ work. It sets the pace for the rest of the album, introducing the kind of mechanical, warped riffs and rhythms which reanimate remnant reminders of acts like Nine Inch Nails and Fugazi, Motorhead and Deep Purple.
My conclusion: listen to Dirty Sirens.