Half a decade ago the Dirty Works were no more than four aspiring Southern sleaze-rock dirtbags with a dream. The ensuing five years have seen the band flower from punk micro-virus to a relentless plague of sonic debauchery, punctuated by the death-defying onstage antics of the band’s figurehead, Christopher Scum. Along the way the band has created a sturdy legacy for themselves by playing every dive-bar in the South several times over, releasing the album Biscuits and Liquor, and starring in the upcoming Worldstorm Arts Lab documentary Rebel Scum, a full-length film that will finally be released—sometime in the near future.
The Dirty Works celebrate five years of damage and degradation with a show at the Longbranch Saloon on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. The Vacant, the Vivs, and the Speed Wobbles are also on the bill.
The rock band is a turbulent institution, and the Dirty Works have had their share of instability. After a revolving door of bassists, the quartet finally morphed into a trio with Scum taking dual duty as bassist and vocalist around a year ago. Since then Scum’s onstage self-destruction has relented in favor of, believe it or not, the music.
Unfortunately, this newfound musical focus might disappoint many of the band’s meatheaded fans who seem to think that channeling the late GG Allin is Scum’s highest calling. Nevertheless, the Dirty Works soldier on, concentrating their energies on creating tighter, harder music. Their new songs convey a finely honed hatred that burns clear and bright. And what the hell—Scum will probably manage to muster up some kind of blood donation for this fifth anniversary celebration as a nod to his past.