Dirty Streets / Iron Tongue: Split

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Dirty Streets / Iron Tongue: Split
Hard Rock, Stoner Rock
Handshake Inc.
July 7th, 2012
Release length: 7:42
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Handshake Inc. presents a two song split of vintage Rock ‘n Roll worship. The label brings together Tennessee based Dirty Streets, as well as Iron Tongue, a group that features the vocalist of Rwake in their midst. Together, they bring two original compositions of classic Rock worship. But, does this Split recording offer enough of a solid music experience that’s worth the tag price for the physical, or even digital versions?

Both songs offer up different musical experiences and productions. “You” by Dirty Sheets feeds into the late sixties into seventies analog vinyl sound, establishing that atmosphere quite well. The instruments sound raw and pushed into the distance because of it. The guitars have a cleaner sound with a nice lower in tone and volume bass presence that helps to keep things as rich as possible for the sound they are going for, especially during the suiting guitar solo. The drum kit is captured well, though a bit light and distance, but still manages to push the rhythm to the forefront with the help of the bass. These two become the main focus of the song, having some simpler riffs in the main verses and a stronger performance in the chorus. The vocals are energetic, and it really helps to keep your head bobbing along to the beat.

Then there’s “Two Timer” by Iron Tongue, which feeds more into the dirty eighties Hard Rock style of music. The production is a little more modern and richer overall, finding a stronger bass, but a more dominant guitar as well when it comes to forming a suitable atmosphere. The slower pace of the song really helps to capture a Blues style grittiness as well, and the harsher vocals feed into the frustration of the lyrics that are common place for this style: A cheating woman. While “You” was a little faster and upbeat, this one is a little more of a downer due to it’s slower pace, subtle additional organs that appear here and there, the female vocals that join in on the chorus, and the generally more emotional environment that all this helps to set up. Truly a little more complicated compared to the previous offering, it’s still an engaging experience, if not more on the laid back side.

This Split is basically a crash course in the roots of Rock music (Dirty Streets), and what it wound up evolving into over time (Iron Tongue). Both bands really leave a solid impression on the listener, making this a recording that even the most devoted of Metal fans can easily get into and enjoy over and over again. With quality material that pays great respect to golden days of Rock ‘n Roll, while still being heavily varied all around, there’s really no reason to pass up grabbing either version of this release that happens to be available to you, if not for the collectable sake, then to discover these talented acts that you otherwise probably would never have heard of.

01. Dirty Streets: You – 3:48
02. Iron Tongue: Two Timer – 3:54
Overall Score: 9/10
Dirty Streets

Iron Tongue

Digital review copy of this release provided by Handshake Inc..