‘High energy’ rock from Lowestoft band
In the latest of our In Tune features in The Guide, profiling the music scene, reporter SIMON WARD speaks to Dirty Lookz.
Formed in late 2013, Lowestoft-based band Dirty Lookz cover songs from artists both old and young. With an extensive musical experience and a repertoire of rock anthems to suit all tastes, the band aim to give audiences entertainment and fun.
Q: Where does your name originate from?
A: We had a business meeting in a pub (always a mistake) came up with 50 names, 49 were rude or unsuitable so Dirty Lookz was born.
Q: Who’s in the band?
A: Kelvin (Splatt) Self - Lead Vocals
Iain Irvine - Guitar/ Vocals
James Irvine - Guitar / Vocals
Andy Graham - Bass/Vocals
Andy Marr - Drums.
Q: Where have you performed?
A: We have gigged all over the place, both public gigs, corporate shows, social clubs and private parties. We have played most of the pubs in Lowestoft that host bands and even played a show at the Seagull Theatre last year which was a memorable night for us all.
Q: What did you do before the band?
A: Andy Graham played in a band called Crush who were well known locally and featured on live TV and national radio. Iain and Andy Marr have played in function bands, played in shows and of course Andy does double duties as he also plays with the John Ward band, James has played with 16th Minute and Kelvin has toured with a Commitments tribute act.
Q: What does your set list consist of?
A: We aim to play songs we love playing from classic rock like Thin Lizzy’s Don’t Believe a Word, to newer classics like Sex on Fire and Mr Brightside. Songs from U2, The Police, Prince, Elvis, Coldplay feature in the set to name but a few, all given the Dirty Lookz treatment of course!
Q: How do you decide which songs to cover?
A: We tend to circulate a list of possible songs before a rehearsal and we will bash through them and if they work and we all like them they are added to the set, we probably reject as many as we add.
Q: What can people expect at a Dirty Lookz gig?
A: Dirty Lookz are all about high energy rock and having fun. We all do this for fun and love what we do and hopefully audiences pick up on that vibe.
Q: Where can people catch you live and what are your ambitions for the future?
A: We play regular public gigs at the Lake Lothing in Lowestoft which is a really nice music venue, and our other public gigs are advertised at www.facebook.com/DirtyLookz. Of course a lot of our work is in members clubs, holiday parks etc.
Q: Which local bands should readers check out?
A: Our drummer also plays with the John Ward band, who are worth checking out if Folk is your thing. Georgia Falls are always great as are Vibe if funk is your thing. The main thing is to get out there and see local live music, there are some great local bands about and we probably know most of them between us.
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