“Barbarian kicked off their month-long Soda Bar residency on Monday. The local psych-rockers were joined by fellow up-and-comers Dirty Sirens, who delivered a set of fierce, guitar-heavy rock. The two bands have each built reputations for strong live shows in recent months and, despite it being a Monday, they had no trouble pulling in a sizable crowd.”
"During Dirty Sirens’ set, singer Monterey Salka stalked the stage like a hungry wildcat, while Christy Hüber played scorched earth guitar riffs, creating a sound that could be described as Fleetwood Mac-gone-metal. The band was relatively new at that point, but since then, they’ve recorded some of their songs and made a name for themselves in San Diego – even winding up on local label Aural Gravy’s Best Songs of 2012 list."
"A recording is one thing, but this band live on stage will knock you against the back wall. Led by Monterey Salka and Christy Huber (“M. California” and “C. Minnesota”), whom one might mistake for the evil twin versions of Ginger and Mary Ann, the band’s hard rock is deliciously catchy. Perhaps because Monterey’s voice is reminiscent of Ann Wilson, at times one can’t help but be reminded of Heart in the 70′s, though even in that period Heart was never this dirty."
"The band is still relatively new, but that didn’t stop singer Monterey Salka from strutting around the stage with the libidinous swagger of a female Jim Morrison. For her part, co-siren Christy Hüber played blistering riffs on guitar and provided pitch-perfect harmonies. "
"...with the machine-gun drum attack and devil-may-care lyricism, they hit harder, dirtier, and reach back to the middle finger that rock ’n’ roll once hoisted high toward any establishment."
“On their debut EP (available for download at dirtysirens.bandcamp.com), Dirty Sirens straddle these two spheres. Delivering a solid dose of Sabbath-like riff-rock, the up-and-coming quartet ramps up the intensity with the help of a dynamic frontwoman and some of the gnarliest, most fucked-up-sounding guitar I've ever heard from a local band.”
“Embracing the power in female sex, a steamy Monterey Salka sings unapologetically on her strong dancer’s legs, beside Christy Hüber’s platinum locks, swaying while she punches out unrelenting guitar riffs. Eric Pietsch on drums & Mike Delgado on bass balances this forward female angst with compelling masculine rhythm that feels convincingly animalistic & modern.”