Lindsay Holler & The Dirty Kids
w/ Jeff Zetner, The Never, LASSO, The Hollerettes
Sat. May 17
1977 Maybank Hwy.
“Dirty Kids” from The Dirty Kids EP
“Grove Street” from the album Malleable
“I look forward to the end of the day … I’m gonna dream of you again.” —lyrics from Lindsay Holler & The Dirty Kids’ tune “Dirty Kids”
Over the last two and a half years, local singer/songwriter Lindsay Holler has penned and performed beautifully groovy music with the collaborative support of The Dirty Kids — a combo whose core consists of electric/acoustic bassist Ben Wells, percussionist Nick Jenkins, vibraphonist Michael Hanf, and guitarist Dave Linaburg. Over the course of two mini albums and a string of local gigs and East Coast tours, they developed an original sound that drew elements of Tom Waits-y jazz, classical, Americana, and deep Southern blues.
Sadly, Holler & The Dirty Kids recently announced plans to perform a “last show” together. Wells, Jenkins, Hanf, and Linaburg will aim for different goals in and outside of Charleston. Fortunately, it’s not quite the very end, as they’re all in fine spirts as they step ahead toward new adventures.
The gig at the Pour House on Saturday marks their official farewell. Holler and Linaburg spoke with City Paper about their plans for the summer and beyond — musically and otherwise.
“I think we’ve had a great run,” says Linaburg. “This band’s taught me about keeping things interesting while at the same time keeping an audience’s attention. And it’s nice playing with some of my favorite musicians. Nick Jenkins is a genius. Once the world realizes this, hopefully he won’t have any financial worries anymore. I love everyone in the band, so it’s definitely hard for me to leave them, as well as everything else I’ve been involved with in Charleston.”
“We bid a tremendous farewell to some of our own, as they make their way on to other places,” Holler says. “I hold this group of people very close to my heart.”
Hanf has already left the band and will not be at the show on Saturday. The rest of the group — along with a gaggle of special musical guests — will be on stage, armed with an extensive set of originals, oddball covers, and other surprises.
“We have Sam Sfirri filling in on Fender Rhoads, which has slightly similar sound [to the vibraphone],” Holler says.
Linaburg splits town for New York just after Spoleto. “I’ve just been itching to do that for a few years now, and I’ve decided that I need to go ahead and get it out of my system,” says Linaburg.
While the guitarist and vibes man are heading up the coast, the core rhythm section of Wells and Jenkins will continue to collaborate with Holler on new song ideas, recordings, and band configurations.
“I have a feeling the sound is going to change quite a bit,” says Holler. “We’re not going to find another Dave or Michael, and we’re not looking to. When two big parts of a band leave like this, I think it’s time to do something else. I’m comfortable with starting as fresh as possible with a new name and new sound. I love that we collaborate and arrange everything together. I’ll bring in partial songs and simple songs, so arranging is really a big deal.
“I am always in awe of the versatility of this band,” she adds. “We plan on taking full advantage of that for this show — we’re pulling out all the stops!”
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