Based in San Francisco, Down Dirty Shake seamlessly blends the sounds of Latin, psych, soul, pop, and garage rock. The group was founded by AJ Ayez (vocals, keys), Kyle DeMartini (guitar, vocals), and Aaron Grimes (drums, vocals) while the three were high school classmates in Merced, CA, and in the ensuing years the band’s style and vision have matured. While staying true to the love of Sixties blues and psychedelia that initially drew them together, they began incorporating influences from Motown, world music, Krautrock, and more. After moving west from Merced, the band entrenched itself in the Bay Area music scene by hosting a yearly residency in the iconic Haight-Ashbury district and playing prestigious venues and festivals in both San Francisco and throughout Sonoma County. The addition of Tommy Anderson on bass completed the line-up, and now the band presents its debut full-length.
“Woman” previews of a self-titled titled album that sounds kind of like Santana performing with The Doors in a Desert Rock fever dream. Dynamic percussion, ripping guitars, complex bass lines, dreamy pedal work, poetic lyrics, and the Ayez’ sultry vocals combine to create an impression that’s nostalgic yet unique.
“”If you’re into psychedelic rock, then check out Down Dirty Shake. The San Francisco band sounds as if they were plucked right out of the 1960s to grace us with their soulful grooves.” -SF Gate
“The Down Dirty Shake — part 13th Floor Elevators, part Scott Walker and part Willie Dixon…” -The Bay Bridged
“Down Dirty Shake…boasts a polished sound that blends old-fashioned crooning with hypnotic rock.” -SF Weekly
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