Dirty Streets release the title track from their upcoming album, "Who's Gonna Love You," alongside pre-order launch
Memphis-based rock band Dirty Streets are releasing more new music – the title track, “Who’s Gonna Love You” is available digitally today. Their seventh studio album, Who’s Gonna Love You, was produced by Grammy Award winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine) and is set for release on September 30.
The band recorded the new album at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis. The title track oozes with southern rock guitar licks, gritty blues and a pinch of soul as singer Justin Toland explains its origins, “’Who’s Gonna Love You’ was born the way a lot of songs are; sitting on the edge of the bed in a hotel on tour just trying to voice what’s inside.” Continues Justin, “Sometimes a feeling is so thick in the air that you can almost see it, and at those moments I just try to see the steam settling into my mind. Like sucking in spiritual smoke so I can spit out whatever that thing is. This song was one of those and seemed to capture that longing you feel when you’re away from your loved ones. You always try to communicate your love long distance, but it can be difficult.”
Scan the press on soul-groove outfit Dirty Streets and you’ll see numerous references to rock, soul, and dirty-blues touchstones like the Faces, Humble Pie, Otis Redding, CCR, and more. Spin Dirty Streets’ records and you’ll hear all of those echoes, plus others—some jazz timing, some acoustic balladry. But by and large, what you’ll hear is a raw, rowdy blend of Motown, Stax, and rock—the pure American blood-beat moving through the heart of Memphis groove.
Dirty Streets’ bloodlines, metaphorical and real, aren’t difficult to trace. Austin-born Justin Toland found his own musical food early through his father, a classic-rock aficionado who turned his son on to the Stones, Creedence, soul music and the Stax sound. At 17, Toland relocated to Memphis and met Thomas Storz, a native of the city, through mutual friends. In a scene wherein few of their friends cared much for older music, Toland and Storz quickly found common musical ground and began playing groove-grounded rock with a series of temporary drummers.
It was Storz who finally brought on board Andrew Denham, a Shreveport-born drummer and British hard-rock fan who’d recently moved to the city, just down the block from Storz’s own home. Passing by Denham’s house weekly, Storz heard the sounds coming from inside and mentioned Denham to Toland, who at first thought it couldn’t possibly be this easy.