Magic Dirt is an Australian band that plays a cross between noise-rock and
garage-rock, a sort of "noise-grunge" equally energetic and twisted.
Magic Dirt (Dirt, 1996) collects their first EPs:
Signs Of Satanic Youth (Au Go Go, 1994),
almost an hour long, half tribute and
half satire (Touch That Space, Redhead),
and Life Was Better (Au Go Go, 1995),
boasting their masterpiece Amoxycillin
(a catchy refrain closed by a 10-minute coda of guitar feedbacks) and the
equally tuneful Ice.
The band is still untamed. Their music is a scruffy bed of
frantic drumming, squeaky distortions, amelodic riffing and
Adalita Srsen boasts a raw, strident vocal range reminiscent of
Patti Smith and Joan Jett.
Daniel Herring's tremendous growth as a guitar arranger highlights
Friends In Danger (Warner Bros, 1997), a collection of stormy
ballads in the vein of a progressive form of hard-rock
(Friends In Danger, Pristine Christine).
The closing I Was Cruel is a tour de force of orchestration and
As it evolved, the sound of Magic Dirt approached the stereotypes
of their more famous American counterparts,
The progression led to the mature and compact style of
Young And Full Of The Devil (Au Go Go, 1998), whose painfully sculpted
songs those stars could envy.
By assembling the singles Dirty Jeans (2000), Supagloo (2001),
Pace It (2001), and City Trash (2002), and some new material,
What Are Rock Stars Doing Today (Sweet Nothing, 2003) presents
a more radio-friendly Magic Dirt.
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I Magic Dirt sono stati rivelati dagli EP
Signs Of Satanic Youth (Au Go Go),
della durata di quasi un'ora e praticamente una satira dei Sonic Youth, e Life Was Better, che
contiene l'orecchiabile Amoxycillin (passata alla storia per la coda di dieci minuti di feedback). I
due EP sono stati raccolti in Magic Dirt (Dirt). Adalita Srsen, con quel registro rude degno di
Patti Smith e Joan Jett, domina il sound del gruppo.