The Dirty Canon is the first full length Marseille Figs album, featuring 12 brand new songs.
Produced in Hamburg by Louisiana legend DM Bob and polymath artist and Pogues-founder Jem Finer, and finished in London with Brian O'Shaughnessy (of Screamadelica fame), The Dirty Canon has big booming piledrivers, lost soul singalongs, flophouse ballads, monkey grunts, thunder and lightning.
The Figs began in London in the spring of 1999 as a kind of experiment in ambitious ineptitude and pop form, with the idea of finding a common ground between the ‘amateurism’ of punk, folk and avant-garde music. They played a wide array of odd venues and events, and they spent a long time in the wilderness, writing songs and preaching to the choir.
They have developed a highly idiosyncratic sound, fusing strategies from avant-garde music into old school country, punk, pop, folk and Tin Pan Alley song forms, and emerging with an enormous repertoire of extremely singable songs, boom-booming jump up and down songs and epic, screeching, skronking songs.
Marseille figs are: J. Maizlish, Tom Chant and Dorian McFarland. On The Dirty Canon they play: acoustic guitars, accordions, buzz organ, vocals, handclaps, tenor saxophone, trombone, bass clarinet, flugelhorn, whistle, piano, mouth harp, soprano saxophone, chicken organ, juju guitar, fake tenor guitar, drone, hammond organ, ukelele, monkey mouth, fake trumpet, percussion, electric guitars and chorus vocals. They are joined by London legend John Edwards on double bass.
“The Figs roll. The Figs rock. The Figs take it to the bridge, over the bridge, across the ridge on the other side of the bridge, and onto that ledge on the horizon. You will believe a guitar strumming, sweet talkin’, tub thumping three piece can fly. I wanna be in the Figs.” – Sean O’Hagan