I pretty much can't say enough good things about Dirtbombs leader Mick Collins. The garage master formerly behind The Gories is a lauded legend in his native Detroit, but it really doesn't feel like he gets nearly the amount of broad recognition he deserves.
The DB's have not given us a proper full-length since 2005's If You Don't Already Have a Look, so the arrival of We Have You Surrounded (In the Red) was very welcome. It just might be the best thing they've done yet.
All the signature elements are there: Collin's delicious, gilt-edged bark, the seductive, take-no-prisoners low end provided by bassists Ko Shih and Troy Gregory and anchored via dueling drummers Ben Blackwell and Pat Pantano...but whether it's due to the passage of time or a pure stroke of creative luck, this is a band that is definitely firing on all cylinders. The songwriting is as tightly focused as the performances, with Collins getting all post-apocalyptic on our asses and veering stylishly from classic, man vs. machine fears to tense, jittery rants imbued with just enough of their signature, deeply seared R&B flavors. To put it more succinctly: the shit just KILLS. (As an added bonus for Brian Barr, there's also a smoking cover of Dead Moon's "Fire in the Western World").
You can listen to the whole thing on their website right now; I'm currently obsessed with "Wreck My Flow," but what I'm really excited about is the fact that Neumo's has just confirmed them for a May 13th date. I bet that was one fierce bidding war amongst local bookers, 'cause I'm sure both the Sunset and the Comet wanted to lock that one in for themselves.