Dirtwire’s forthcoming album “Blaze” is a project that is true to the “spark” or “wild fire” that inspired its title, and ensures the listener will be captivated by the explosive and untamed tapestry of songs that are on this latest release. A California based trio comprised of David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of The Dogon Lights & Bolo, and Mark Revelry of Jed and Lucia, Dirtwire has been able to tap into the vast musical expertise and experience of its members, in a way that embodies the renegade approach to creating that defines this group of cosmic cowboys. The sixth studio album for this group and second with Reveley, is a truly unapologetic journey of musical fusion in its boldest realization. Although the group has often been referred to as “blues bass”, or “swamptronica”, Blaze pushes any notion of genre based boundaries even further, audibly emphasizing the curiosity the band has about what defines “their sound.”
The first single “Stranger”, is an embodiment of that concept, with its ability to conjure up nostalgic Americana sentiments with earthy harmonica riffs by Fraser, but seamlessly melds itself into dance inspiring bass drops. The unique quality of Dirtwire is that they have the ability to incorporate diverse and somewhat unusual choices of instrumentation, and yet still provide the listener with a sonic cohesion. Having been friends since attending Cal Arts together, the relationship the band has equips them with an opportunity to experiment within the understanding that each individual brings an expansive musical lexicon, and that gives the group a lot of freedom to play. This uniformed level of contribution, enables the group’s creative methodology of “spontaneous combustion”, which they relied on to record “Blaze” in Spring 2017, amidst a heavy tour schedule.
Audiences have positively received the unorthodox nature of how this band creates and performs, as Dirtwire continues to develop and hone their live shows. With a western based aesthetic, choreographed instrumental solos, and the occasional dance moves, Dirtwire has become a sought after live act, due to the large personality of the members, and their ability to strike that balance in music between tradition and technology. The collaborative origin of this group is expressed heavily on this upcoming album, as they incorporate the talents of other artists to bring them to aspects of discovery in their sonic story telling.
Blaze was released on December 1st, 2017. Blaze is Dirtwire's 6th album.