Dennis Coffey plus The Dirtbombs
Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
21 years and over
Dennis Coffey is best known for his instrumental funk smash hit "Scorpio". His guitar work is also featured on many of Detroit's greatest recordings, Motown and otherwise. And now Strut Records is happy to announce his re-emergence. Dennis is aided and abetted by guests such as Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins (Dirtbombs), Kings Go Forth, Paolo Nutini, Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras) and more. This fantastic album features covers of killer old school soul and funk numbers and fantastic new funk instros in the "Scorpio" mold. One of Mick Collins' many post-Gories projects, the Dirtbombs initially seemed to exist more in concept than in reality. As if in reaction to the bass-less sound of the Gories, the Detroit-based band brought together two drummers, two bass players, and Collins on vocals and guitar. And other than consistently loud volumes and lots of noise, the Dirtbombs actually displayed a surprisingly diverse sound, composing across a broad spectrum of styles from garage rock, punk, and glam to classic soul and R&B. They began primarily as a 7" band, issuing five singles before Larry Hardy of In the Red convinced them to record a full-length, 1998's Horndog Fest. After issuing another handful of singles, the Dirtbombs released their sophomore album, Ultraglide in Black, in May 2001. An album devoted to vintage R&B covers, Ultraglide in Black won the band a growing following in Europe, aided by frequent overseas touring (including a jaunt with the White Stripes). The Dirtbombs' new album Party Store reflected Collins' love of the electronic sounds of his hometown and featured the band tackling songs by the techno scene's founding fathers (Juan Atkins, Derrick May), innovators (Carl Craig), and hitmakers (Inner City) in their inimitable style.