FEATURE

The Dirty Flaws

We catch up with the band just as they finish recording their latest offering 'What Would Your Mother say'.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way first. Who’s in the band and what are their roles?

We have Ben on vox and rhythm guitar, Tommy on lead guitar, Sam on bass and Joe on drums. Everyone pitches in a bit of backing vocals now and again on some tracks!

How did you come together as a band?

We all sort of met through friends of friends starting with Ben and Tommy meeting after a heavy night and jamming together all weekend, then we found Sam who was a perfect fit for the band straight away. It took us a while to find Joe but after a few weeks slogging, looking for drummers, we eventually met him one day and then it all began.

Was there a defining moment in your life when you thought “that’s it, I wanna be a rock star”?

Sam: I wanted to be a rock n' rolla when I saw the lifestyle of American rock bands like Guns N' Roses, as well as bands like The Libertines where its all booze n' birds!

Joe: When I was about 15 and I started taking music seriously, at least I thought I did!

Ben: After my first Reading Festival at the age of 16, I was inspired by everyone I saw there and that’s when it started really.

Tom: Yesterday.

What is the creative driving force behind the band?

The main thing for all of us is that we make real music that people can enjoy, dance and sing along to. Ben takes the lead in terms of lyrics and the basics of the song, but everyone has a big role in how the song sounds and we all add our own twist to make it dirty!

What has been the highlight of the band's career so far?

Sam: The first rehearsal I ever had with the boys in the den down in the Old Dean, that and the first gig that we played, it got so hot in there I blacked out!

Joe: For me it has been the progression of the band and all the good feedback we have had.

Ben: I love the support that we have had from everyone, it really keeps us going.

Tom: Recording our first track ‘A Bit Of Purpose’ in Birmingham really made us see what we could do.

What are your views on the current music scene and how does it vary (if at all) between places you’ve played?
I think we can all agree that the UK music scene could do with more bands in the charts as it’s generally dominated by music that we all just laugh at, but there are still loads of amazing bands out there that keep it real. Places like Bristol and Brighton have a great music scene, and London obviously!

What are you listening to at the moment? Anyone we should keep an eye on?

Ben: I am loving Tribes at the moment, brilliant band.

Sam: Currently listening to a lot of 1960s Bob Dylan in the Columbia years.

Joe: Maccabees and Vampire Weekend!

Tom: Temple of the Dog and The Kooks, very different but love them both!

Vinyl, CD or MP3?

Any way of getting music to people's ears is good for us, we’d all love to be old school and print vinyl’s but you have to go with the times as well.

If I was your 14yr old nephew (bare with me), which one album would you send me home with to begin my musical journey?

Sam: Radiohead's ‘In Rainbows’ is a MUST and will change your standard of music for life.

Joe: Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ taught me a lot.

Ben: I’d say listen to the entire Beatles discography, that’s a good place to start.

Tom: Led Zeppelin 2 is good, start there son and you can’t go far wrong.

What does the future hold for The Dirty Flaws, both short term and long term?

Short term we have gigs coming up in London at The Water Rats and Surya, Guildford at The Boileroom, all details are on our Facebook page. We’re doing a live session on Eagle radio (Surrey) this week so look out for that. Long term we will keep working hard, making lots of music and keeping it real!

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