New York City stalwarts Dirt Bikes draw listeners in with compact songs that blend garage energy, college rock jangle, and a bit of pop shimmer. Running the gamut from frank intimacy to furious energy, they take us from back porch reminiscences to the front lines of protests, visiting ghosts of the past and tackling the anxieties of our shared present. As this lean, focused quartet navigates from pastoral guitar licks to four-on-the-floor stomp to roiling crescendos, fans will recognize hints of influences including Modest Mouse, Screaming Females, Pixies, and the Black Keys, among many others.
Since forming in Brooklyn in 2010, Dirt Bikes have beaten the path of venerable New York venues past and present, including Southpaw, The Cake Shop, Trash Bar, The Delancey, Rock Shop, Union Pool and Silent Barn, in addition to playing The Figment Festival on Governor’s Island. They’ve toured the continental U.S. from Philly to Austin, and embarked on three European tours, including their most recent visit to Germany in the Summer of 2017.
Dirt Bikes have released four records, beginning with The Ear EP (2010), This Shit’s For Sale (2011), Coasts (2014), and their most recent effort, Mistakes Make Pretty Patterns. Their music has been featured in the German filmmaker and photographer Peter Sempel’s films “Animals of Art” (2010), “Jonas in the Jungle” (2013) and Bazon: Serious Jokes (2016) as well as the off-Broadway plays “The Resurrection of George” (2012) and “Bitch Twitch: The Taking of Vicki Presh” (2014) by actor/playwright Harold Lehmann.