Portland, Oregon-based soul/hip-hop outfit Dirty Revival deliver a sound that is “Big, gritty, and honest. Our sound is unique but pulls elements of our favorite genres: soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock,” says Sarah Clarke, the resounding, and resonating, front woman.
Also comprised of Evan “evv’n’flo” Simko (M.C., guitar), Terry Drysdale (drums), Karl Ludwigsen (keyboards), Jon Shaw (bass), Chris Hardin (tenor sax), and Jon Clay (trumpet), the septet delivers powerful soul music that is equally their own, and reminiscent of their influences, delivering an intoxicating sound that will make you move. “Someone once described us as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Rose Royce all blended up as one,” Clarke says of the comparisons her band has already started to receive. “I nearly fainted. What a massive compliment.” Expanding on that, Simko says, “I think people will find a great variety of influences or comparisons, to name a few: P-Funk, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Bill Withers, Charles Bradley, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and The Roots. It’s hard to say. I think there are so many influences that it won’t quite sound like anyone in particular.”
Dirty Revival has recently released their debut, self-titled full-length, which is a representation of all of the above; a melting pot of influences and personalities, with all seven members getting their voice, literally and metaphorically, contained within the sounds of the album. While navigating different musical waters, the album also vacillates between fiercely political uprisings to down and gritty party jams that are meant to make you smile and dance.