Published May 11, 2010Montreal's Dirty Wedding played a solid set of songs off their self-titled debut, proving to the packed audience that they're well worth braving unseasonably cold winds on a brisk spring night. Dirty Wedding's lead singer, Cody Dyck, sang through a set of songs that had the loose feel of early Rolling Stones jams, bringing the tenacity of a young Mick Jagger while guzzling beer and heckling headliners Young Rival.
Though Dirty Wedding are only a trio, the frenzy of their live show spilled off the stage and into the crowd. Dyck's devil-may-care savoir faire continued throughout the set as he paused between songs to drink swill and casually give the audience pertinent information, like which song is about Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil.
Despite the set's brevity, Dirty Wedding's fever was infectious and their mood was full of antagonistic moxie, probably because the show marked Dyck's first run in with Young Rival after they tried to chase him down for stealing someone's pot from back stage one ill-fated night somewhere in Saskatchewan. The bands seemed to have made amends, but the timeless thrill of getting away with stealing someone else's drugs was in the air, as Dirty Wedding played through a haze of songs that felt reminiscent of electric Dylan or Small Faces but still managed to be all their own.
Dirty Wedding are a band that wears their influences on their denim sleeves, but this isn't a bad thing. They just play the kind of good old-fashioned rock'n'roll that reminds you why you ever liked the stuff in the first place.