Frontiers Music is pleased to announce the signing of Dirty Shirley, a new band project featuring guitarist George Lynch (The End Machine, KXM, Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken) and vocalist/keyboardist Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
Over the course of just one album and a covers EP released with his band Animal Drive, Croatian singer Dino Jelusick has made his mark in the hard rock and metal scene, with more than a few well established musicians contacting him to see if he might be interested in collaborating.
The talented young singer has an appreciation and deep respect for the musical heroes who preceded and profoundly influenced him, so when George Lynch suggested the idea of writing and producing a record together, Dino was more than intrigued. Frontiers, known for releasing interesting collaborations of this nature, was happy to be the label home for this project.
The resulting album and band, Dirty Shirley – named after one of the first songs they wrote together – covers a wide spectrum of styles, with classic metal to more ‘traditional’ Lynch Mob oriented sounds and even some hints of the first Badlands album in the mix.
Showcasing a stunning performance from George – a seemingly bottomless pit of inspired and creative guitar playing – and an absolutely over the top lead vocal performance from Dino, Dirty Shirley is going to be an easy ‘must listen’ for the hard rock and metal crowd. Evanescence drummer Will Hunt rounds out the group line-up.
Dino explains: “This record was done differently from everything else I did so far. George jammed and sent me rough versions and I tried a thousand melodies and lyrics on it. It turned out fantastic and versatile. From R&B and rock ballads to some very heavy tunes, bluesy stuff, hard rock, rock ‘n’ roll, grungy vibes….everything.
Will was the perfect drummer for this, loud and groovy. I recorded vocals while being on tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the bus, every evening when we had a day off, and then finished it in Croatia.
You gotta listen to the whole album to get the impression of it, not only the singles. But the first single will surely kick your ass, so better be prepared!” George adds, “At its core, this record is built on classic guitar riffage and grooves, but is also infused with eclectic tendencies scattered about that are unexpected and challenging. 80% of the guitar work on this record is rhythms, so I wanted to create a three-dimensional sonic tapestry that complemented the more basic riffs and chords.
I tried to add a little twist to everything.” Continuing, he adds: “It was funny because when I spoke to the label about pairing up with Dino, for some reason I had the impression he was an Italian pop singer. LOL
So I wrote some songs in that vein, haha. ; ) Then when I heard what he was actually all about, I had to duck back into the laboratory and reinvent the wheel. If Ronnie James Dio and young Coverdale had a baby boy, his name would be Dino.
The band is exploring live show opportunities for 2020, so stay tuned for more news on Dirty Shirley!
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George Lynch – guitars
Dino Jelusick – vocals, keyboards
Will Hunt – drums
Trevor Roxx – bass