DIRTY ROTTEN SCUM – A SINGLE REVIEW
Brace yourselves as this is going to be another big one from the London Grunge Pop Trio that is Cruel Hearts Club.
These girls are a relentless force in their quest for making music and haven’t let a little something like a world wide pandemic stand in the way of them creating it. Already this year they’ve released the singles “Suck It Up” and “Blame Me Too”with each new release, catching the attention of some of the biggest names in the industry with their infectious blend of indie, rock, grunge pop, and ‘Dirty Rotten Scum’ is certainly no exception. Indeed, we think it would be fair to say that the band have grown over this past year and that every new release is gaining in terms of musical experience and expertise.
After previously supporting The Libertines, Iggy Pop and Sting, (the latter of which has asked them to support his London Palladium residency next year), Cruel Hearts Club are making their way across the UK, Europe and beyond. They’ve graced the stages of the Isle of Wight Festival, Camden Rocks and Hit The North whilst also having had their music played on BBC Radio 1 and Radio X.
Given the current unavailability to be able to tour however, Cruel Hearts Club decided to stand up and do something about it in true CHC Style. That ‘go get ’em attitude‘ has resulted in the release of the latest single from the trio entitled “Dirty Rotten Scum”.
‘Dirty Rotten Scum’ is a nostalgic love song detailing the romance between front woman Edie and her financee Carl. Its not your traditional love ballad as you might well expect with a title like “Dirty Rotten Scum” but then this is no ordinary love story either.
Lead vocalist Edie has said of the track;
“They’re dirty rotten scum. From the day they met she knew she could never love anyone as violently as him. From London’s dirty neon streets, their gloriously messed up yet defiant love story begins. Low-life car-crash lovers living heady and hard, caught up in their own rum-soaked broken world, at times both heavenly and heart-breaking, their cruel hearts tangled up forever. Years fly by, babies are born and life as they know it takes a twist and a turn. To be continued….”
Its a raw and emotive vocal performance from Edie with growling bass hooks and fuzzy guitars and some kick ass drumming interweaving throughout gritty yet heartfelt lyrics and rousing choruses telling the story of this real life rock and roll romance.
With lyrics like
“I was 21 when I met your pretty face in London…
…city streets, we walked for hours, no sleep so you told me stories of your glory days and its kinda cute…
Because we’re Dirty Rotten Scum, You’re my number one. We’re Dirty Rotten Scum, til all our days are done….
….Years fly, we’ve got two babies, though life is difficult lately, we’ll be right until the end.”
I defy anyone not to fall in love in total free falling abandonment with this song its catchy nostalgic tune and swooning lyrics.
The track was produced by The Libertines’ Carl Barat, mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and published by W Songs (Warner UK).
The video for “Dirty Rotten Scum” was filmed in and around Margate including at The Libertines headquarters, The Albion Rooms. The Songbird were lucky enough to be there for some of the filming and believe us when we say that it is truly phenomenal. Watch out for real life love birds Jake and Angie making their video debut and of course local Margate legend; Dave!! We are beyond excited for the single and the video to land on the 25th September. This is one to put a date in your diary for.
In fact, we’d go as far to say that we believe that “Dirty Rotten Scum” could very well be “the one” xx
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