Not your typical alternative rock band, but definitely rock and definitely alternative, Them Dirty Shrikes is a four-piece alternative rock band from Pretoria, South Africa. With Soné Briel on vocals, Stiaan du Preez on guitar, SL LeRoux Minnaar on bass guitar and Adriaan Cruywagen on drums.
Formed in 2016, Them Dirty Shrikes have had the privilege of opening for the likes of Arno Carstens, Jonathan Peyper Trio, Cutting Jade, The Black Cat Bones and many more. Their festival debut being at Misty Waters Music Festival 2018, following the release of their debut EP ‘Heads or Tails’ featuring 5 of their original songs. They are also looking forward to play at Oppikoppi Festival in August 2018.
Their EP made its international debut with their song ‘Animals’ being playlisted on the International Apple Music Playlist ‘A-list:Rock’ amongst international legends such as Royal Blood, Jack White, The Kills, Turbowolf, Muse and Chris Cornell and stayed on it for more than a month – the playlist is updated weekly by Apple Music. ‘Animals’ as well as a few other tracks from the EP has also been playlisted on radio stations such as Grind Radio, MFM, MixFM, MuthaFM, RockNet, and more.
They released a music video for ‘High Tide’, one of the tracks from the album, on the same day they released their EP, the music video is available on their YouTube channel.
Their sound is dirty, heavy and rock n roll, but with their dynamic range you will also be surprised to find a gentle side to their music, as their influences range from the Blues to Doom.
“Fantastic release. Them Dirty Shrikes came out with some fantastic grooves, some sincere soulful moments, and some of the best vocals we’ve ever laid our ears on.” – Ruff Majik
“Them Dirty Shrikes are going to be a local band to look out for this year. One of the raddest female rock vocalists we’ve heard in a while.” – Hellcats
“Heads Or Tails” is a strong debut EP from Them Dirty Shrikes that explores the ins and outs of alternative rock. Aside from being well-executed from a performance perspective, its greatest strength is the band’s ability to express creative song ideas without wandering too far off from a recognizable core sound.” – Texx And The City