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DIRTY Love took Stoke Newington by storm with their debut gig, complete with lights and bubbles, at Ryan’s bar last Tuesday evening. The glam-punk five-piece played original material and covers by The Sweet, David Bowie and Johnny Thunders, with musical accuracy and plenty of attitude.

Their strong credentials showed through in the smoke-filled basement: the band boasts musicians who have played with classic punk groups UK Subs and Menace. Their lyrics go straight for the jugular, with Lizzi Love on vocals screaming 'you taste so good’ or offering 'blood, sweat and tears’ in more ways than one.

No one could have guessed that Dirty Love only formed in October and have reached this stage and written six of their own songs in just four rehearsals. In fact the only problem with the rock gods on guitar was that the volume proved a bit much for neighbours in Stoke Newington Church Street.

But in full swing, with Lizzi's dress straps descending, cigarette and pint in hand, and the band playing with total conviction, Dirty Love ignored the manager’s request to turn it down. After an encore of Merry Christmas by The Ramones, the frontwoman also told the crowd quite straightforwardly... that it was time to go home.

Dirty Love was formed by Stokey resident Lizzi with bass player Clara Zero from Homerton, who wanted to be in the kind of band where they could wear glitter and high heels. They found two of the best guitar players in punk, also unapologetically known as Albert Awful and Dirty Rob, and a rock-solid drummer called Marty Love.

Albert was recently filmed in spoof band Fat Punks, which involved Jonathan Ross singing and Vic Reeves on guitar, for BBC 3’s punk documentary 1-2 FU. Dirty Love now plan to crank their Marshall stacks to 11 and play some rock'En’roll - so watch out for more original material, a demo CD, website and gigs in the New Year.

Dirty Love's very strong debut proves that this is seriously glam punk for the 21st century.


CHARLOTTE SMITH Hackney Gazette and East London Advertiser

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