The Dwarves are Young and Good Looking. Wait. There's pictures in this feature, huh? Ok…let me start over.
The Dwarves are Young and Good Looking is one of the band's best-known efforts. Recorded at a time when the scumbags in the biz had zero interest in the band, Blag Dahlia (the man) took it upon himself to shell out the cash for this full-length. Epitaph records took a listen to what they recorded and decided they had to put it out.
Now this is the kind of rockstar fairytale that gives all the kids in garage bands across the globe the notion that with a little DIY legwork, they too can "make it." Well, tough luck kids, your band sucks and you're destined to a life-sentence at Wendy's if you keep it up.
Similarly, The Dwarves have been busting their backs for years. It's not that they're not better than 90% of the punk band's out there, because they are. It's simply because they do whatever-they don't care.
"We were Garage before anyone gave a toss about garage. We started playing hardcore when no one cared about hardcore," says Blag. "Maybe one of these days the rest of the world will catch up."
The Dwarves' newest record Dwarves Must Die is a perfect example of their unwillingness to follow trends. The disc straddles garage, metal, punk, rock 'n' roll, industrial and even (gasp!) rap without a blink of the eye. When I asked him about this recently he simply said, "I get bored."
Now don't let the mix of genres on the disc fool you. Live, the band is the same loud, nasty punk rock band that'll pummel your ears in right before they take care of your face. Blag's still a great frontman and Hewhocannotbenamed still uses his **** as the bands metronome. The only difference between the new gigs and the ones of legend is that the band sounds a hell of a lot better!
In closing, The Dwarves may not be young or good looking, but they sure do kick it.
Band Site: www.thedwarves.com
Label Site: Sympathy Records
All photos and content by Justin Rosenthal