Band of the Day (1.12.11) Dirty Beaches

12 Jan

early eerie creepy Elvis crooning creates Dirty Beaches

Band of the Day (1.12.11) Dirty Beaches

Can this really be true, this is our first Canadian band of 2011. WOW! Doesn’t matter, because we have a slew of them slated for January and February. Dirty Beaches is rock-a-billy mood music. I swear these are recent recordings. We didn’t find them buried in our stax box, or at some used record store in The Haight. Alex Zhang Hungtai is a solo performer who’s made homes in all parts of the world, primarily the Far East and Canada. The Eastern influence coupled with the chill of Canada, helps create a very unique classic early 60’s Elvis meets the Devil sound. He is my Lord Huron of 2011…so far. Once again, Mr. Arizona Turk was doing his work. Great find

Hometown: East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Members: Alex Zhang Hungtai; solo performer, sound-smith, and trans-Pacific nomad. Born in Taiwan, Hungtai has made Toronto, Honolulu, Montreal, and Vancouver his homes.
Sonic Soulmates: Lou Reed, Roy Orbison, Misfits, if Depeche Mode came from the 60’s and early 60’s beat bands…
Must Hear Tracks:

“Lord Knows Best” – This is by far his best track.

“True Blue” – I think my mom was dumped in high school when this song was playing in her Chevy. Alex nails it here.

Official Website

3 Responses to “Band of the Day (1.12.11) Dirty Beaches”


  1. Tweets that mention Band of the Day (1.12.11) Dirty Beaches « NewBandDay -- - January 12, 2011

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by New.Band.Day, New.Band.Day. New.Band.Day said: Band of the Day (1.12.11) Dirty Beaches: Canada and Far East were homes to Dirty Beaches Alex Zhang Hungtai. This is … […]

  2. Spiagge sporche, rumori di fondo, relitti degli anni cinquanta. Non potrebbe andare meglio | dueaccordi - February 18, 2011

    […] Dirty Beaches è un tipo che deve aver visto molti b-movie anni Cinquanta. Sotto lo pseudonimo Dirty Beaches si nasconde Alex Zhang Hungtai, un musicista nato a Taiwan, vissuto alle Hawaii e da qualche tempo residente a Montreal, in Canada. Dirty Beaches si è inventato una rilettura del rockabilly in salsa noise-pop. Il risultato di quest’amore creativo per la musica americana pre-British invasion è stato definito “very unique classic early 60′s Elvis meets the Devil sound”. […]

  3. Best New Bands of 2011 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD: #7 Dirty Beaches « NewBandDay - December 14, 2011

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