With denim and leather being the only materials to reach the inside of their wardrobe, lengths of dark hair tousled aside their faces, and their wavy aura that screams ‘we’re probably cooler than you’, you’d seemingly mistake Dirty Fences as a rock band stepped straight out of the 80’s. However, despite their time-traveled funk, the NYC-based ensemble are far from old news. Dirty Fences latest album Goodbye Love is a powerfully unique take on the pop-punk sound, as vocalist and guitarist, Jack Daves of the band touches upon. The songs on this album offer a hectic animation through the instrumentals that cloud over the murky undertone of the bewitching vocals.
An insane example of just how punchy the album is, is the whirlwind of a track, and first music video release from the album, ‘Teen Angel’. Blink and you’ll miss it, with a high-energy bubblegum beat and lucid lyrics, the track has pop-punk squirted all over it. It feels like it’s straight out of an American Pie movie. It’s completely contagious. The track’s ludicrous twang couldn’t fit the ‘Teen Angel’ music video more perfectly if it tried. Set at the most ridiculous birthday party in history, with ample amounts of oddities, think Project X, but set on a completely different planet. If there was any track that could prove Dirty Fences individuality in the music scene right now, it’s this.
Another incredible addition to the album is ‘Message From Anyone’. With a boisterous lead guitar that opens and closes the track, which Jack describes as “some nasty little Ronnie Wood type riff”. At times the song seems to embrace a subtle country western sound, especially during those guitar riffs, yet somewhat disguised with the heaps of rock and roll vibes, pushed through the smashing cymbals and rolling drums allowed to take a front seat here. With the song all wrapped together with some infectiously energetic lyrics, it’s completely crazy. There are no doubts as to why this is a hot favorite with the band, and their favorite to perform on tour, as Jack reveals.
Beyond the fun and games however, Jack describes the true meaning between the song and album title ‘Goodbye Love’, fastening links between the Everly Brothers classic ‘Bye Bye Love’ and his own personal experiences. Jack reveals how the touring lifestyle can be addictive, and how this can ultimately tear him away from his loved ones. He continues,
“The song is about embracing the fact that though this lifestyle can cause that heartbreak, it also offers the escape from it too. The album title “Goodbye Love” is not necessarily a reference to the track on the record but a reminder that there’s a lot of pain and love lost on here”
Despite the heavy tenor, and repeated lyrics “looked her dead in the eye and there’s no one home” epitomizing the tour life torment, the instrumentals completely justify the escapism that Jack talks about, with bouncing beats and infinite guitars, the surface of the kooky visage blankets the rooted reality.
As Goodbye Love released in the October just passed, Jack revels at just how incredible the experience and response has been so far. Even their autumn performances in Europe, to those yet to hear their new material before, were singing along to the catchy lyrics. Jack recalls, “They were mouthing completely incorrect words but were definitely digging it.”
It’s impossible to say that the band aren’t truly dedicated to the music, with the guys playing almost 50 shows in just two months, and raring to continue the tour over the next two months across the U.S.
With Austin being an early, and eagerly anticipated, stop on the map during Dirty Fences tour, Jack promises that we’re in for a treat and a whole lot of nuttiness. Accompanied by the state’s own Trouble Boys and Cheap Fur, Jack says, “We fit right in with the lunatics at Hotel Vegas. It’s been a home to us for many years now and tour stop we always look forward to. We sure let our hair down there!”
After a jam packed year so far, the bands immense energy shows no sign of drying up anytime soon, with Jack assuring us that Dirty Fences has a hefty year ahead. The band’s 2018 is filled to the brim with more tours, (including the U.S, Canada, and Europe), oodles of festival performances, and the especially exciting hint of new singles, music videos, and a live album.
Goodbye Love is a completely crazy journey from start to finish, stretching the band, and pop-punk genre, to the furthest limits. Despite the sometimes heavier messages embedded here, the album seems to truly restore and strengthen the belief of having fun with music in every way possible, and with Dirty Fences paving the way in pop-punk right now, it’s impossible not to.
See Dirty Fences and supporting acts at Hotel Vegas on Jan. 12. For additional info and tour dates visit http://www.dirtyfencesworld.com/.
Written by: Beth Judge