New York, NY (Top40 Charts / Dirty Water Records)
In the year 2014 you might expect young men at the tender age of 18 to be much like most other teenagers of their generation - to be more interested in video games, hipster bands or even, gasp, hip hop. But these particular young men have happily invested in belts to keep their trousers up while spending their teens investigating classic twentieth-century music: blues and rock'n'roll and especially the garage-rock and rhythm'n'blues from the sixties. And they decided they wanted guitars in their hands rather than games consoles.
The Arrogants have delved into the sounds of mod, garage rock, psychedelia, and blues, first as a 14-year-old duo, then as a 15-year old trio . . . and now with a keyboard player (Farfisa or Vox, these guys know their stuff), as a quartet, they are ready to be heard by the wider world. Whilst digging the sounds of the past, they have successfully developed their own unique style, writing their own songs and gaining recognition in their home town by playing as support to their heroes The Pretty Things and appearing at the Lille Vintage Weekend in front of 15,000 strong crowd.
organ a la Boston's Lyres matches stride-for-stride with full-toned guitar on each tune while vocalist Thomas
snarls and howls like a cross between Roky Erikson and Van Morrison
in his Them days.
The four tracks on this 7" vinyl EP are: the twitching, garage jerk brilliance of "Mr. Devil", the moody pop a go-go of We're Arrogant", the solid blues-wailin' "Drunky Blues", and finally, the new wave crunch of "It's An experience". The future is theirs.
Introducing…The Arrogantson Dirty Water Records. Available on 7"vinyl and download.
Records UK, Redeye (US), Popstock (Spain), Differ-Ant (France), Cargo
Germany, Disk Union (Japan)
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes
(voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 184.108.40.206's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre
to name just a few. The club has also seen some original 60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.