Starting as a solo project with the early 2012 release Wanderlust, Drew Black (formerly of The Belated) soon enlisted frontmen from two other dynamic local bands (Terra Peal of The Quivers and Zach Hodson of Dolls on Fire) and multi-band drummer Michelle Bacon. The result is Drew Black and Dirty Electric, a dark, sensual glam sound backed by a rhythmic powerhouse. The music stimulates and drives with a Queens of the Stone Age-like intensity, tinged with a Bowie-esque sexuality from Black’s lyrical delivery, sparing guitar licks, a distorted atmospheric sound, and compelling rhythmic patterns.
The Deli Magazine says that DB&DE has "a dirty, infectious bounce in their step, the lyrical ironies favored by the frontman adding extra depth to their focused 4-piece rock sound and head-bobbing, hip-swaying catalog."
Drew Black and Dirty Electric played at SXSW 2013 for the MidCoast Takeover showcase, and will be featured at Ink's Middle of the Map Fest. The band has received radio play on local stations since the album has been released.