Local Music Spotlight: The Dirty Biscuits
In my ongoing quest to soothe my thirst for new bands, I actually stumbled upon The Dirty Biscuits before they opened for Nashville, TN rockers, Turbo Fruits. To say the least, I was completely impressed. Under the haze of too much whiskey, I chalked it up as a band I would never see again. I, happily, was wrong.
Before officially overindulging in whiskey (again), I made a point to check then out as they opened for The Girls! at Ace of Cups. Turns out, even in my drunken stupor, I could tell how unique this band is, even in a pond of retro-revival bands that are seemingly, slowly, wonderfully, taking over the hipster-rock trend in Columbus. As I sat in a staff-only section at Ace of Cups with the band, I could instantly tell they have a tight camaraderie.
Briana Henry: How did this all come together? Were you in other bands before?
Dirty Biscuits: (Beth) We’re all still rockin’ out in other bands. Me and Craig were at bar, and he asked if I wanted to do a project together, so it kind of formed from there. We’ve had a couple of different drummers, but Larz is like the drummer. It can’t be anybody else. And then we found Mikey.
BH: So, where did this sound come from? Because not a lot of bands sounds like you guys in Columbus.
DB: (Craig) I kinda had a sound in mind. I didn’t have material ready, so I was like, why don’t we start off with a handful of covers, obscure covers, and go from there. Beth and I started out. We pulled Sam and Staci and then Mike and Larz. It started with my obsession with Billy Childish, and 60’s pop rock and pop-dance-rock. Slowly we introduced our own material into the set. I don’t think it’s very similar to what I’ve mentioned, like what we started with the covers, but we’re still a young band and growing into our own sound.
Beth Hunter’s voice is as sweet as a shot of whiskey that’s been aged and wrapped in silk. This combined with backup vocals by Staci Slaughter, who is obviously meant to be a rockstar because of her name alone. Larz, Mikey, and Sam round out Craig’s blistering vision of this pop-dance-rock ensemble. The band is currently recording because their recordings don’t do them justice.