Dirk Kroll writes some punchy pop-rock music with just a good amount of grit and a charismatic swagger. The solo's are fast, flame-wreathed whips and the bass/drum combo sets a solid groove. The vocals can range from soft croon to high creaked crescendos, from sing-speak taunts and flirtations to heartfelt heaves of wavy melodies and dulcet intonations. But, when you get right down to it, The Dirk Kroll Band's Living Inside are some sure-fire toe-tappers, soulful rock 'n' roll riffers, and ideal midsummer night's celebratory theme songs.
What I dig about Kroll's band is that the ensemble imbues each of their parts, from every solo, to even the bouncing bass licks, with a lot of personality. "Reap What You Sow" almost turns itself into a jazz-like conversation between the arrangements of guitar, bass and drums, each tiding and cresting their sonic inflections together in this nice give-and-take rock readout that swells and surges. "I Like The Way" shows the sunburst sweetness and energizing strutability of these kinds of pop/rock exhibitions, evoking the no-frills twang and melodic magnetism of Big Star, with a bit of the razzle dazzle riffage of the Rolling Stones.
"Song For Rochelle" is the heart-weary slow dancer or the night owl's contemplative stroll, while "Third Row From The End" brings in the psychedelic smoke and shimmer of some 70's blues rock. "Blazing Red" is a set closer, for sure...full of rollicking hooks and soaring vocal melodies, it's got an energy that spreads its arms wide and hooks down all the curtains. Like I said, crowd pleasing toe tappers. Should be a great party next weekend.
Dirk Kroll Band
Friday July 15
New Way Bar
with The Stomp Rockets
23130 Woodward Ave (Ferndale)
Find the Living Inside EP on iTunes
Preview tracks (and order copies) at: CD Baby
More info: http://www.thedirkkrollband.com/