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Dance With Dirt consists of four fearless boys from the Danish countryside, who
dare join the alignment of rock legacy. The reason for this is simple: Rock music
really can – more than anything – provide good times and the feeling of unity. And
in their version it must be played BY humans, FOR humans. Without any bullshit.
Rock’n roll is alive, and with Dance With Dirt it has got one its most powerful
energy injections in a very long time. The northern Jutlanders gladly take it on
their shoulders to continue the traditions of ancestors Led Zeppelin and The Who,
uncles Nirvana and Guns ‘N’ Roses, and big brothers Muse and Foo Fighters. Dance
With Dirt write contemporary songs about parties, girls and the longing for something
else – because when things get too sluggish, too boring, or too introvert – it is
rock that sets you free. This is something all four band members have experienced
- Where I come from, there are fields everywhere. And if you don’t listen to loud
music and drink beer – nothing ever happens, tells lead singer and guitarist Magnus
His refuge was to crawl onto the roof of his barn, and lie down with D-A-D’s live
album ‘Reconstrucdead’ in his ears and think: ‘This is what I am going to do’. Meanwhile,
in another part of the Danish outskirts, guitarist Kristoffer Veirum nearly failed
his Latin exam, only because he had spent his whole reading vacation listening to
Manic Street Preachers.
- And I remember how chocking it was as a 14-year old kid to listen to ‘Nevermind’
for the very first time, says drummer Jess Gertsen.
The formation of the band is like the verse of a rock bible. Kristoffer and bassist
Jonathan Lyby had been playing through a wide series of band constellations in Aalborg,
without the wanted effect. And then, on the very same day, Magnus and Jess – not
knowing each other at the time – entered the rehearsal room to try out for the band.
Magnus sang through a small guitar amplifier, so it was impossible to hear if he
was any good, but the energy and the amount of sweat he put into it was enough to
convince the rest of the band. That exact spontaneity has been a great influence
on the band ever since.
- It is the moment that inspires us. It can be a riff, a beat or a phrase, but there
is always a spark, which kind of possesses us to keep blowing at it and bring it
to life. Most of our songs are made on the spot, when we are together, concludes
The same idea of ‘now’ plays a very central part in the band’s live performance
too. They generate a sincere and heartfelt rochshow, and the reason for that is
simply that the energy comes from real people who work their asses off on their
instruments – and everybody is invited. And if Dance With Dirt succeed in making
you forget about your boss, your homework or your angry girl/boyfriend – if only
for a moment – the four band members can happily exit the stage. Beneath it all
lies an ambition, which is both heavenly striving but utterly sincere:
- Ideally we want to be our own favourite band, Kristoffer Veirum finishes.
Dance With Dirt is: Kristoffer Veirum (guitar), Jess Mørch Gertsen (drums), Jonathan
Lyby (bass) and Magnus Jacobsen (vocals and guitar).
2010 - Dance With Dirt is demo of the month in Gaffa, August.
2012 - Dance With Dirt wins the danish talent prize, KarriereKanonen, on national
youth radio P3.
2012 - Dance With Dirt plays SPOT festival, Smukfest (Skanderborg Festival), and
2013 - Dance With Dirt release the debut album "We Are Dance With Dirt" on Target
Distribution in DK (feb. 18th), and on Pop-Up Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland