LOS ANGELES – After receiving extensive international acclaim, Strange Generation, the debut album from the Michigan-based quartet Dirty Americans, will receive a long-overdue domestic release by Liquor and Poker Music on March 22, 2005.
The 13-track recording, produced by Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Saliva), was initially released by Roadrunner Records last March in Europe and Japan, where it earned rave reviews. In naming Strange Generation one of its top releases of the year, the prestigious U.K.-based music magazine Classic Rock termed the album “shit-kicking classic rock,” dubbing the band “a welcome modern take on Zep, Cream and Sabbath.” Kerrang!, meanwhile, named Strange Generation “one of 2004’s essential purchases.” In its 4K review, the magazine called the record “rock music at its uplifting, unpretentious best…with psychedelic harmonies, feel-good choruses and lashings of ass-shaking soul.”
Last summer, Dirty Americans performed at such high-profile overseas events as England’s Download Festival, Germany’s Rock Im Park and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. There, they shared stages with a who’s who of rock, from Motorhead and Metallica to Jet and The Darkness. Back in America, the group has developed a burgeoning fanbase throughout the Midwest, where they’ve sold thousands of copies of their Kiss ‘Em All Goodbye EP and performed with the likes of Alice Cooper, Clutch and Silvertide. Most recently, the band supported Ted Nugent for three holiday shows, including a sold-out gig at The Palace of Auburn Hills (home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons).
Without record label support, the band – vocalist Myron, guitarist Jeff Piper, bassist Pete Bever and drummer Jeremiah Pilbeam – has even garnered airplay and encouragement from such prominent radio outlets as the Detroit powerhouse WRIF. Doug Podell, WRIF’s operations manager and a midday DJ at the influential station, offered these comments on the group: “Brace yourself for the next generation of rockers from out of the Motor City. Straight-ahead rock – add gasoline and light!”
The song that has received the most attention to date is the title track, Strange Generation. Liquor and Poker’s deluxe Digipak pressing of the album will include a music video for the song, filmed by acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Fall Out Boy). Shot at Morley-Stanwood High School in Central Michigan, the video tells the story behind the track, according to Myron:
“After the breakup of my previous band, I needed to do something productive to pass the time until Dirty Americans was up and running, so I took a long-term substitute teaching job at a school three hours north of Detroit in the middle of nowhere,” he explains. “The song covers what a bizarre turn it was to go from the hurricane of touring to teaching Human Anatomy and Biology. I went from starting riots with 16-year-old fans to teaching them about the reproductive system…so strange!”
And the long, strange trip is only just beginning, for the band will tour extensively throughout 2005. In the meantime, to preview the entire Strange Generation album, visit www.dirtyamericans.com/ecard. Upon listening, one thing is crystal clear: the next generation of classic rock has arrived.