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Dirty river / Press

“Hudson, NY rockers Dirty River do what most underground artists these days should be doing, and that is avoiding the terrible world of buzz, genre pigeonholing, and contrived rock posturing. Sure, the track “Releaf” from the band’s self-titled debut, Dirty River, may not be too much of a far cry from Slint, Pavement, or any of the great post-punk bands of yesteryear, but it adds flavor to a stoner-punk shtick that has gotten terribly tiresome in recent years. What differentiates “Releaf” from the works of other slacker-rock mainstays of the modern era such as FIDLAR, Wavves or Best Coast, though, is how Dirty River prove to be the antithesis of the overwrought fun-in-the-sun mantra of the aforementioned California rockers; in their own slick fashion, the New York group instead elect to slink around in the witching hour. This leads to Dirty River accomplishing what is an unassumingly commendable triumph — “Releaf” is a song about drugs that almost makes getting high onc”

“New York's Dirty River draws their influences from numerous genres, but most evidently, blues and grunge. The band hails from the Hudson Valley, and the first track, "No Place Else," on their debut self-titled album Dirty River, sounds as though it came from a slightly more urban locale---and definitely a different decade as well. But the nostalgic vibe comes across authentic and raw, rather than gimmicky, as some bands that attempt to recreate the past. Frontman Forrest Hackenbrock, who pens all of the band's lyrics, combines the deeply autobiographical with the absurdly fantastical, while also including social commentary that he feels is significant and which drips with sardonic self-loathing and over-the-top honesty. This is most notable on "Bard" and "F.A.D." Behind Hackenbrock's classic deep, growling monotone are syncopated guitar riffs that are suitable to the repetitive, punk-influenced melodies.”

“Hailing from Rhinebeck, New York, Dirty River is rock duo (sometimes trio) that deliver debauched experiences and fantasies deadpan over serpentine open D rhythms. Their alternative take on blues develops thick and murky like jungle fog, giving weight to lead singer Forrest Hackenbrock's stark, blasé breath. His tales of numbness, despair, and depravity are matched with resonant, wanton guitar fuzz and naked downbeats that feel uncomfortable yet alluring to your ears, like dirty secrets. Dirty River's 11-track self-titled debut is a great introduction to a band that understands the power minimalism imposes on rock music and the majority of its listeners. DR's bare approach forces their purges to penetrate and cloak your soul in their own lewd dreck, leaving you feeling dazed and dirty-- just how rock and roll is supposed to make you feel. ”

“Dirty River are a three-piece rock/garage/alternative band from the Hudson Valley, New York. They dropped their debut self-titled album in June of this year. The band incorporates a lot of blues influence into their music, which is often played with some slacker-rock sensibilities. The vocals are sung (almost spoken) with a lonely, lazy drawl that rarely carries a proper melody, but always matches the lyrical themes and the musical attitude they put forward, which is usually very bleak and bored, in a good way. The vocals could be said to sound like somewhat reminiscent of Lou Reed or Ian Curtis, if they were to be compared. The guitar lets out a thick, warm, down-trodden rumble on the low end, and a sharp bite on the high end. It's backed by drums that can either be punchy with the snare, or meandering with the toms. This album is great, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and definitely suggest checking it out. It's definitely got a unique reverb-coated sonic aesthetic which is certainly worth”

“Rhinebeck darlings, Dirty River have been turning heads locally with their bluesy brand of indie rock. In their self assuredly flippant tune F.A.D., guitarist and vocalist Forrest Hackenbrock proclaims his desire to “f*ck all day” in a loveless post-teen drone of defiant honesty. But Dirty River also stretch past the blatantly lascivious and deliver an original and sometimes hypnotizing body of original tunes. ”

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“You could say that they are pulling alt/rock deeper into blues primitivism, or you could say that they leaven their bleak, frank, haunted blues with the occasional dash of naïve alt/rock melody and modern half-time groove. Traditional blues, with its jellyrolls and ice cream men, was often euphemistic and metaphorical – and had to be, because its subjects couldn’t be addressed directly at that time. For Dirty River, the reverse is true: Primal blues serves as an all-access license, permission to adopt a persona of extreme, matter-of-fact candor about drugs, sex, despair and, most of all, about numb, joyless hedonism and moral blankness. And Dirty River takes the radical honesty a step further, leveraging the blues tradition of place and Deus Loci and situating this record – overtly, bluntly – right here in the mid-Hudson Valley. It’s not just any dirty river, but one in particular. No Place Else, indeed.”

“When Indie goes blues, it goes regressive, deep and primitive in an implicit challenge to the slick grooves and mature nuance of the mainstream contemporary blues sound. (For a local example, witness Rhinebeck’s visceral Indie duo Dirty River.)”