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The DIRTY WORKS / Press

“In an era where "punk" is defined by Green Day and Blink 182, The Dirty Works turn the genre on it's nose. The band blends crunchy guitars, machine gun drums and snarly vocals reminiscent of MODC and Bad Brains. On first listen, their sound is raw and messy, in true punk style, but once you run the record through a finer ear, you realize the musicianship is actually quite tight, which proves how good The Dirty Works really are. ”

“WITH BRASS KNUCKLES taped to his microphone, Christopher Scum paces the stage while bashing the mic repeatedly into his own face until he's a bloody mess. This sickening and disturbing essence is persistent throughout Rebel Scum, the new documentary film that follows the daily strife and madness of a trashy punk band called The Dirty Works. Before the Atlanta premiere at the Plaza Theatre, producer Francis Percarpio introduced Rebel Scum as a "hardcore documentary" that was not for the faint at heart and created for anyone, anywhere who simply doesn't fit in, isn't quite fit for these times, or just uncomfortable in their own skin. Rebel Scum follows a band that seems displaced in the bible belt territory of Knoxville, TN, where The Dirty Works defend their artistic expression amid tormenting addiction, abuse, violence, and serious hostility against the religious zealot south.”

"When we recorded 'Biscuits and Liquor,' a couple of the guys had never really recorded in a professional atmosphere before," Scum says. "They thought because the owner/engineer allowed drinking, which most studios do, that it was a damn party. We suffered dearly in sound and time use because of this. This studio experience is on the documentary. It shows (Riot) and I having a heated argument. This is something that would never happen now. Since then we've grown musically as well as individuals. We're tighter in all ways."

“It’s something of a dark miracle that the film was even made. Christopher Scum, aka Chris Andrews, had garnered infamy as a fringe figure of Knoxville’s music scene, a loose cannon known more for hell-raising, intoxication, running afoul of the law, and onstage self-mutilation than for his music. Fellow band members Steven Crime, B. Riot, and Shaggy”

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