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17 Year Sun

by The Burning Dirty Band

An ice cream store for your brain- Ambitious "Abbey Road"-style melodicism, left-of-center indie explorations, and confident rock thump.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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2. How Our Castle Fell
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3. Teeth
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4. Libra Fog
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5. Girls Are Fun
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6. Watered Sundays
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7. Letter To Kate
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8. Worms
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9. Beside The Bloom
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10. On My Back
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11. Nailed Down
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12. 17 Year Sun
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Album Notes
"17 Year Sun" has risen. The Burning Dirty Band's second full-length album will be the most surprising disc you'll hear all year.

What exactly is the 17 Year Sun? We say it's a blend of cicadas, impermanence, and moments of unexplainable clarity. The sonic inquisitiveness and diverse tastes of the BDB are fully realized in this sophomore studio effort. Shimmering fluorishes of guitar and keys mingle amicably with nimbly-stepping bass tones and rootsy, swaggering drum rhythms. The vocals and lyrics settle into an honest mood that is distinctly BDB. calls 17 Year Sun "a blend of musical quirkiness, roots inspiration and a garage band's indescribable CD. Part groove, jazz, downright weirdness and mountain psychedelics, it is a journey of tightly composed jams and loose mellow riffs"

Recorded at Sauceland, the BDB again employ Steve West (Pavement, Marble Valley) as producer, engineer, and advisor in all things dirty. West helps Cory Garman, Ben Whitlock, Ryan Steele, and Jereme Steele fully realize their vision of a complete album, flowing through moods and textures effortlessly. 17 Year Sun speaks with the authority of seasoned songcrafters, tempered with the BDB's irreverent prankster personalities and undeniable sense for an eardrum-pleasing melody.

Defy conventional wisdom. Stare directly at this sun and surprise yourself.


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Chaz Martenstein;

All the stomp of backwoods Virginia
These guys bring all the stomp of backwoods Virginia, kickin’ up dust behind them... a little daydreaming was induced, but that was all good music imagery of dimly lit, smoke-filled bars with swingin’ saloon doors, creakin’ wood floorboards, tables and chairs, and the bright orange dusk sun kickin’ at my eyes... They are each phenomenal musicians offering their own sparks, recognizing plain fun and class.

Pop melodies with enigmatic soundscapes
The album is a raw adventure with witty lyrics and dynamic songwriting all masterfully assembled by Steve West whose work with Pavement hasn’t gone unnoticed. They deserve to get out of the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains in the cozy confines of the Shenandoah Valley to conquer the bigger music scenes... the jam-laden tune “Libra Fog” is a superb testament to their knack for blending pop melodies with enigmatic soundscapes.

Neal Mayerle; Demorama

Dirty hippies be warned!
The Burning Dirty Band could easily be labeled as just another jam band. Dirty hippies be warned -- because this band is so much more than that... Throwing the "jam band" tag on this band would be like putting it on Sonic Youth for their long noise-filled sections, or on Pavement for their occasional folk-tinged ditty... 17 Year Sun spans many different musical styles... This original blend will keep this writer warm through the next few cold winter months at Demorama.

Music Monthly; October 2004, Issue #241

Sly and humorous songwriting
What do you get when you throw blues, roots rock, indie rock, and a wicked sense of humor into a blender? Most likely you would get something similar to the Burning Dirty Band. This lo-fi collective from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia makes me smile with its new album "17 Year Sun". the underlying theme of the album is sly and humorous songwriting and it carries the music from start to finish...

USA band that sounds like a great British Band
Beatles sound with a rock n roll edge. Very well written songs. Great cd.

Laura Bolen

Quirky, funky, and fun! Excellent second album.
I'm really enjoying this second album from the BDB. The lyrics are fun, the tunes are quirky, and I think the album has some real diversity to it, which I love. I'll be recommending this one to friends. Nice job, and good luck!

Jessica Schall; The Northern Virginia Daily

An offbeat, mercurial ode to the South, sex and cicadas
a full-blown, convert-one-listener-at-a-time mission to remind audiences of what rock ’n’ roll used to be and what it one day might still become.... an offbeat, mercurial ode to the South, sex and cicadas. The paradoxical record, boosted by BDB’s quirky sensibilities and piquant lyrics, is a refreshing mix of polished, yet uniquely raw tunes...

Derek Blackmon;

The kind of secret that you have to tell a friend about
The Burning Dirty Band’s sophomore effort 17 Year Sun is one of life’s little secrets. And it’s the kind of secret that you have to tell a friend about... With textures mixing the knee-slapping of The Band and the loose jams of Widespread Panic, 17 Year Sun is a bold tribute to the Southern Rock sound that influenced them. Sometimes these influences can seem a bit hackneyed, but The Burning Dirty Band pulls it off with complete conviction.

David Boffa- Glide Magazine

Passionate grit
Whether it's the bittersweet lyrics of "Letter to Kate" and "Nailed down," the ultra catchiness of "How Our Castle Fell" and "Girls Are Fun," or the musical digressions on "Worms" and "17 Year Sun;" every moment on this album exudes a level of passionate grit that interweaves itself into every track. This is the signature mark of The Burning Dirty Band, playing hard and giving themselves to their music...


John Lennon would have liked this album
Im hooked. Love the conceptual glee of this glowing popiness. Creative very creative. John Lennon would have liked this album.
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