[15 July 2014]
PopMatters Assistant Editor
Anyone who has ever jammed with a couple of friends in a garage or a basement will immediately feel at home upon spinning “Dead in a Graveyard”, the latest tune by the Birmingham, Alabama rock outfit Dirty Lungs. From its shouted, simplistic chorus, to its rough-around-the-edges guitar distortion, and especially its improvisatory-sounding guitar solo, the song has all the hallmarks of a gritty, lo-fi rock tune. It’s no surprise that this quartet has become a staple in the Birmingham music scene; the vitality and energy in Dirty Lungs’ songwriting is palpable, even in the quick burst that is “Dead in a Graveyard”.
As it turns out, though, there’s some nicely creative thinking beneath what to some might just be a grungy rock tune. Carson Mitchell tells PopMatters, “‘Dead In a Graveyard’ is a track about isolation. That small, lonely place where you find yourself looking at a mirror, but not really seeing anyone at all. The phases of the moon are just right, but nothing else is and that makes for a really great series of modal chord changes.”“
The strong qualities of “Dead in a Graveyard” can also be found throughout Dirty Lungs’ new self-tiled LP. The songwriting is what led Zachary Houle, in his 7 out of 10 review of Dirty Lungs for PopMatters, to write, “All in all, Dirty Lungs is a quirky collection of gems, and 31 minutes of varying, powerful moods.”
Dirty Lungs’ self-titled LP is out now through Communicating Vessels.