Suburban Dirts (from the album I Want Blood available on Old Jank Records)
Black-hearted is the best description of the Harpe Brothers, ‘Big’ Micajah and ‘Little’ Wiley. Herfordshire, England-based band Suburban Dirts tackle the tale of America’s first serial killers on their recent release, I Want Blood. The album’s first line cites the pair’s body disposal methods in “The Harpe Brothers Theme”…. ‘we cut them open, carve out their guts, and fill their innards up with stones’ and the mood is set for I Want Blood. Dark melodies keep the edges sharp, the tension surface level as Suburban Dirts strum hushed Country Folk for “To Dance with You Again” and picks out notes for a closing time tune in “This Ain’t No Place Like Home”. I Want Blood expands from a piano ramble into a persistent rhythm leading into “Eli” and seeks salvation on the gospel rock shudder of “Where There’s a Will”. The Harpe Brothers were mobile soldiers of fortune, mercenaries in the American War of Independence, highwaymen, and river pirates. They wore black hats to match the spot where a heart should have been, their methods appalling even to peers. I Want Blood uplifts bleak topics by making use of Americana’s musical possibilities to tenderly play an instrumental in “Home” and put a rumble underneath the “Ballad of Little Harpe” as Suburban Dirts offer a bared-soul confession in “The Sadness” and fondly recall a hometown with Siobhan Parr behind the microphone for “Lost & Losing”.
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