The Dirty Clergy release their new album,’Rattlesnake’, today (July 1st). They are five guys from Winfield, Alabama who have come together to deliver a solid, straight-up rock album. ‘Rattlesnake’ is their second album and released on Happy Daze Records.
The production quality of this album is what I would call simple. There are no extraneous, unnecessary pieces added to the production. It is raw, gritty and has a live quality to the whole album. You can hear the drums, the guitars, and the bass equally. Nothing overpowers the other and makes for a great full sound.
The vocals are at times haunting on songs like “I” and then powerful, full on rock mode on songs like “Cocaine, NV” (the title of the album comes from this song). Brad White’s vocals are definitely the focus of the album, but every band member shines throughout.
The first two tracks “Decades” and “All I Need” are a great way to open the album and tell you exactly what to expect for the rest of the album. The songs show you that the bands roots are in the past and they are pulling from many different decades of influences from the 60’s to the 90’s. The simplicity of the songs is a definite throwback to a time when songs were not overly complicated with extra production and I find that to be refreshing.
Two of my favorite songs on the album are “Strange Love” and “Ghost Stories”. They both rock out and give a little more punch than some of the other songs. A couple other standouts on the album are “Do or Die” and “Give Me Your Reason”. The general flow of the album is nicely paced with a great mixture of slower songs and faster, harder paced songs. I don’t like making comparisons to any other bands as they are their own band and too many influences to narrow down a great comparison.
After their moderate success with the song “Shake, Shake” back in 2014, they have come back with a strong answer to if they could continue that success. ‘Rattlesnake’ is a solid album and shows they can continually craft great, rock songs. It is definitely worth a listen so give it a try.
- Brad White – Vocals
- Brian Manasco – Guitar/Keys
- Joshua Pope – Guitar
- Ky Cater – Bass
- Cody Moorehead – Drums
- All I Need
- Strange Love
- Do or Die
- Ghost Stories
- Cocaine, NV
- Give Me Your Reason
- Out of Time
- All the Money
- Summer Days (Ft. Karina Noelle)