Dirty Wee Middens (4 stars)

Dirty Wee Middens, Lycanthrope and Billy Liar

The Three Tuns, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Apr


Dundee is spewing forth all kinds of interesting bands lately and Dirty Wee Middens are no exception. Despite slatherings of ghoulish make-up (as far away from The View as you can imagine), the Middens definitely have a pulse and it is racing through a breathless set of angry-edged punk, bravado-filled rock and playful glam. Influences like The Murderdolls and Ramones are apparent on their debut album Crack Open a Cold One on Triple Silence Records, complemented by tongue-in-cheek covers as the band teeter on the edge of irony before abandoning themselves fully to theatrical playfulness.

Away from home ground they have a hard task but the hedonistic tone of the evening is set by locals Lycanthrope living out a balls-out, full-on rawk fantasy and the adept, taut Green Day-esque strummings of Billy Liar. By the end the scant crowd are singing along to the catchy horror cliché lyrics, having been won over by the pure musical evisceration of the Middens playing their hearts out.

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