Volume 1 of the Age of Terror trilogy.
Released on Brah! Records in the fall of 2005.
Dirty Faces – SUPERAMERICAN – Brah! Records (JAGBR003, Release date –10/25/05).
The Dirty Faces thrive on contradiction as well as adversity. A series of personnel changes has seemingly only made them a stronger, more creative and more dedicated band. They are fiercely loyal to Pittsburgh, yet their guitar player lives in Brooklyn. Their live shows are noisy, messy affairs, but their albums contain surprising moments of quiet lucidity. They are equally influenced by both American and British art punk (Pere Ubu, The Fall) and 1970’s classic rock (Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top), and have (of course) a healthy admiration for the primal rock of Iggy & the Stooges, AC/DC and everything hip hop, they manage to boil these influences down into something at once recognizable yet wholly their own.
Originally founded in 1997 by singer T Glitter as a way to set his lyrics to his idea of what punk rock meant back then, the band soon became known for their energetic, often confrontational live shows. Band lineups shifted, but core members Tricky Powers and Glitter have remained constants. Their first album, Covered in Lime (Rickety Records, 1998), was described by Index magazine as “classic Rust Belt punk, a frenzied take on drug use and crumbling relationships in a city where everybody knows everybody.” The album made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s year-end Top Albums list. In 2002 the band released their second album-- the less conventional, more experimental More Lies (Rickety Records, 2002)-- to favorable reviews, while the live shows maintained their scary nature. “A reconfigured Dirty Faces swooped into New York recently and blazed through a set of new songs with twin metal guitarists riffing practically the entire time. The unsuspecting audience left with jaws on the ground.” – Pat Sullivan, Index magazine
After solidifying their lineup a week before entering the studio in fall 2003, SUPERAMERICAN was recorded between October 2003 and April 2005 by three different engineers in three US cities. Its’ 13 songs span the wide range of stylistic and emotional reference points of the Dirty Faces, from the spastic no wave of “Headlights” to the quiet, Beat Happening-esque introspection of “High Holy Days” to the lighters-held-high stadium anthem “Amplify (like a prayer).”
Dirty Faces/Rickety Worldwide
210 N. Lang Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
released October 25, 2005
T. Glitter - vocals
Tricky Powers - bass, guitar, keys, percussion, vocals
Leadfoot “Breakadawn” Powers - guitar, vocals
Easy Powers - guitar, keys, vocals
Sweet Willie Powers - drums on 2,4,7,11,13
Bloody Powers - percussion on 2,4,11,13
God of Fortune Powers - drums on 1,3,5,6,9,10
Breakbeat Powers - percussion on 7 & 8, keys on 8
Crazee “Mmmaaaaad” Powers - keys on 1,3,5,9,10
Dickie Powers - guitar & vocals on 11
Killerina Choir - vocals on 12
All songs ©2005 by T. Glitter and the Dirty Faces.
Recorded by Will Dyar at Eastwood (brooklyn)
John Johnston at Basement Transmissions (erie)
and John Purse at The Smokehouse (pgh).
Mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches & Kim Dumas.
Produced by Rickety Worldwide.
Thanks to Terry Carroll, Mike Bonello, Julie Chill, John Purse,
Bill Baxter, Leah McManigle, Sam Pace, Shawn Brackbill,
Pat Sullivan & Ernie Bullard.
Special thanks to our families, Oneida, Oakley Hall, jBB, The Bumps,
Anita Fix/Working Poor & all the Rickety rockers, Sarrogit, Chris & Dana, John & Gina, Juli & Will, Christina Angelina, Kate Bonello,
Telephonics, Sue Martin, Alethea Bodine, Doug Mozurak, 515 Nightmare Squad, Gern Roberts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the City of Pittsburgh.
R.I.P. ODB & HST.
Dedicated to the troops.
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