In 2010, perhaps the only proper way for a new local supergroup to announce its arrival on the Boston scene is to roll hard into the monthly Rock n’ Roll Social at the Model Café. That’s what Dirty Bombs did last night in Allston, passing out a few fresh-out-da’-oven demos to get us all excited over their debut show next week at soon-to-shutter, soon-to-be-reborn-as-a-geographically-mislabeled-music-hall, Harpers Ferry. It worked.
Comprised of the Luxury mastermind Jason Dunn, recent Philadelphia transplant Ian McCarthy of Conservative Man — whose 2009 sparkling synthpop jam “The Heist,” a former Phoenix MP3 of the Week, remains a must-hear — and the defunct rhythm section of Allston electro-punks Televandals, Nick Post and Ryan Magnasco, Dirty Bombs seem to have carefully blended all the pieces of their previous bands into one giant musical Voltron.
This morning they passed along to us an early demo of “Lights Up,” which of course is not to be confused with Boston rock band The Lights Out, who coincidentally were also at the Sosh last night debuting their new CircumVision-directed music video for “Gottagetouttahere” (which you can view here courtesy of the Music Slut). “Lights Up,” however, is nothing short of a freight-train alternative-rock beast that slightly recalls the better shades of early Stone Temple Pilots but with a sharper, more fuzzier electronic edge, carried by the robo-frantic post-punk drumming of Magnasco and McCarthy’s penchant for glowing synth loops and patches.
So in addition to the metallic rock glide on the surface, there are several electronic elements at play here, and they all add up to a sound that should be right at home at Harpers on Oct. 21, when the band debuts on a blipped-out bill with Freezepop, Plushgun and Ad Frank & the Fast Easy Women. But hey, don't wait for next week, get the mp3 below.
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Bombs "Lights Up" [mp3]