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Take It Sleezy

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10:13AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments14 Comments

dirtypenny.jpgAh, Dirty Penny. 

Formally known as Antidote, the band recently changed their name because of legal issues. Not long ago, Dirty Penny released their debut effort Take It Sleezy. 12 tracks in total, the album is an exceptionally strong freshman effort from this California based quartet. With the power of Myspace and word of mouth, Dirty Penny entered the JPOT Music contest, and won a spot on the main stage to Rocklahoma. These boys look like Motley Crue in 1984 and in some ways they sound even better.

Take It Sleezy opens with "Midnight Ride," a throwback to classic 80s glam. Strong riffs, screechy vocals, and -yes, a cowbell - mean this song would fit on Motley Crue's debut Too Fast for Love.

Of course, Dirty Penny are a new band, and that means they have a sound all their own. Singer Binge Daniels can play it straight or dirty with his voice, and that's refreshing. While Vains of Jenna frontman Lizzy DeVine is 100% scratchy, Daniels can be smooth when it's necessary. There are times on Take It Sleezy when this is necessary. The boys in Dirty Penny also know how to harmonize. This is first evident on "Hot & Heavy," but exceptionally well executed on the appropriately titled "Scream and Shout." The latter track features all the requisite themes of a great sleaze-glam effort: parental discontent, including the need for a strong father figure. Consider the lyrics: "Check out the papers/Who's number 1?/Oh my goodness, it's your good for nothing son/Look at me now.../Daddy are you proud? (Ahem, Nikki Sixx anyone?)

The best track on Take It Sleezy is "Vendetta." Already the band's calling card, it seems like everyone at Rocklahoma knew the words to this song. This is no small fall feat considering Dirty Penny is an unsigned band. They gained a bit of name recognition during the Crue Fest (Hollywood) last summer. (On August 10, the band will team up with Vains of Jenna, RATT and Poison for a special show in Salinas, California). "Vendetta" features big guitar solos, a sing-a-long chorus and punchy lyrics.

A completely different sound is "Black N' Blue." Here, the band uses a blues-based sound and incorporates Aerosmith-standards like harmonica and fast drum fills. It's a nice change at the mid-point of Take It Sleezy.

Another strong point of Take It Sleezy is "Sleeze Disease." Here, the lyrics tell a coherent story, and the vocals are not buried by electric guitar. The boys also include an acoustic version of this track on the album. The electric version features a strong bass line and a nice drum part.

Dirty Penny are:

Binge Daniels -     Vocals
Jonny Prynce -    Guitar
Tyno Vincent -     Bass
Spanky Savage - Drums  

You can purchase Take it Sleezy for only ten bucks at www.dirtypennysucks.com.
Preview tracks at www.myspace.com/dirtypennysucks

 

Reader Comments (14)

From the 30 seconds I heard before myspace crapped out, they sounded good. However - why the hell don't bands make their tracks downloadable? My laptop speakers suck, myspace is as reliable as 73 Pinto, and my time is limited.
If I could throw the tracks on my iPod, I'd give them a shot. But not today....
July 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMikeal
I have heard more positive comments about Dirty Penny's performance at Rocklahoma than any of the other newer bands that were there.

I think I am going to have to track their CD down.

Rob Rockitt
Hard Rock Hideout
www.hardrockhideout.com

Great review. I loved what I heard from them on their Myspace page!
July 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
They sound like they could be good. Dirty Penny is a way better name than Antidote. I just rarely get the time to check out bands on myspace.
July 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
wat up everyone if you ever get a chance to see Dirty Penny live in concert you will be blown away they are more than a band they are awesome performers who will be huge in no time. They are great on stage extreme energy and like motley crue but better!!! Def my favorite band for this month!!!!
July 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris
OK, I've just gone and bought the CD. Even if they can't spell 'sleazy' :P
July 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Ah Dirty Penny. So talented.. so hot.. so glam. What's not to love?!
July 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I totally agree with everything in your review, couldn't have said it better myself!!!

Dirty Penny need to be signed and put on national radio NOW!!!!!!!!!

I really hope everyone who reads this finds them, orders a CD, and experiences the "Dirty Penny" rush! The first time I saw & heard them was at RocklaHoma, and now I cant get enough...they are the triple threat...look out rock music...Dirty Penny is coming to take the air waves!!!!!!!
July 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNick-nick
Wow, you really do get into the core of glam, don'tcha? I agree; Dirty Penny is a much cooler name.
July 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRay Van Horn, Jr.
I saw Dirty Penny at Rocklahoma & I fell in love with them. I bought their cd & I think it's just simply amazing!
July 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I fell in love with the Penny! Watched em' at Rocklahoma, we came home jumped online and oredered Take It Sleezy instantly. The best $10 i've spent in along time! Can't wait to see em' again!!!! Black and Blue is the Bomb Baby!
August 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Cox
I can't stop listening to this CD!! My car stereo has been on permanent maximum volume for two months now & "Take It Sleezy" is NOT coming out of the CD player anytime soon.
Everybody is ranting & raving about "Vendetta" Midnight Ride" "Runnin' Wild" & "Scream & Shout".....How bout the best fuggin' song on the CD that hasn't even got a mention yet "No. 1"....What a KICK AZZ fuggin song & a KICK AZZ fuggin CD!!!

Dirty Penny RAWKS!!!

September 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUpscope
Dirty Penny has an amazing unique sound. I have had there CD since Rocklahoma and, let me tell you, I haven't stopped enjoying it yet! My favorite song would have to be there two-step, Black 'N' Blue. This song gets me on my wild side. However I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a whole CD before. Dirty Penny, though, has won my heart. I am in love with every single track. I have much love for these boys!! From personal experiance, these boys are going to see there names in lights. Good Luck Boys!!

Love,
Bam Bam
October 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Yochum
these guys are the greatest. these guys will be big in no time.
March 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdude

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