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“Get Off Your Ass” by The Dirty Panties

“Get Off Your Ass” – The first video from the new Dirty Panties album – I Am A Robot


The Dirty Panties, To Release New Album – I AM A ROBOT – On July 24, 2012

ImageLas Vegas, NV, June 11, 2012 – SquidHat Records is proud to announce the release of “I Am A Robot”, The first full length album from The Dirty Panties, one of Las Vegas’ most popular live acts and one of the only exclusively female punk bands working today.  A CD Release show is scheduled for July 20, 2012, at the world-famous Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas.

“In the male dominated world of punk rock we are thrilled to be working with such a talented group of young ladies.” said SquidHat Records President and founder, Allan Carter. “The Dirty Panties represent a fresh new voice in modern punk and present a strong message that aggressive, angry, indie music should not be gender biased.”

The Dirty Panties officially formed in 2001. Like most great ideas, the concept of The Dirty Panties was born at a New York City bar, in a drunken stupor, and had a history even before it had instruments. After moving to Vegas, creating a solid local following and undergoing a few personnel changes, The Dirty Panties solidified their line-up with founding member, Barbara Lenox, on guitar; lead singer, Melanie Ash; Michelle “Lil’ Moe” Meyer on bass; and Kayley “Animal” Malcolm on drums. Through extensive touring throughout the Southwest, the Dirty Panties have earned the reputation as a “must see act” and become iconic in Las Vegas and beyond.

Influenced by the DIY past of NYC punk and the raw style of the garage rock renaissance, The Dirty Panties have created their own unique sound. They write and perform powerful, infectious songs that reflect the band’s personality. From getting drunk, feminism and rejection, to their take on what it means to be a girl in the punk scene in the anthem “Pretty In Pink.” “The Panties” as their fans call them, are a unique, hard working punk rock band that know their way around a dive bar, a catchy song and a concert stage. To see what it’s “all about” you need to see them live. Fair warning: take these girls lightly at your own risk.

To celebrate the release of “I Am A Robot”, The Dirty Panties will perform the album, in it’s entirety, at a special CD Release show on Friday, July 20th, at the Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas. SquidHat Records artists, The Gashers, will open.

 Look for the new Dirty Panties release, “I Am A Robot”, available from SquidHat Records on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

Tweet it: See @SquidHatRecords recording artists @PantiesPunk play @DoubleDownLV on July 20th, 2012.


Local Music Matters

Think of your favorite band. I mean the band that you could not see yourself living without. Maybe it’s the Beatles, Stones or Zeppelin. Hell, it might be the Carpenters or Metallica or Bob Dylan. Whoever it is, they were once a local band. And they once depended on people who care about music to buy their albums, see their shows, and show their appreciation.

Fast forward your favorite band into 2012 and guess what? The albums and songs you love do not exist. There is no Led Zeppelin 4 and no Stairway. There is no Van Halen II. There is no Sticky Fingers, no Sgt Peppers, no London Calling and no Master of Puppets. There is no Blonde on Blonde. Why? Because, those bands would probably not have had the opportunity to make those records. Music today is “one and done”. If they don’t sell a zillion copies, it’s over. Pretty ‘em up, hire a team of “hit makers” to create their songs, thrust them on stage and hope they are not too transparent.

But that’s not what this is about.

This is a plea from someone who can’t imagine a life without good, new music to the people out there that I know feel the same way. If music is a big part of your life, support it. Yes, we are all busy and yes, it’s tough to get home from work and make the decision to head back out. I know, I know. Cake Boss is on at 8. I get it. BUT, this is important. Like voting and picking a good school for your kids or changing your oil every 3,000 miles. What you put into it now pays off later.

Pick up whatever weekly magazine covers your local scene. Look at the calendars and pick a band or two to see. If everyone went to one live show in their hometown each month, bought one CD or one T-shirt, approached one musician after a show to say “you guys were great”, the future of music would be that much brighter.

If you live in a big city with a vibrant local music scene, you are lucky. Don’t take it for granted because one day it might be gone. If you live in a small town, sure, you’ll have to look harder, but someone, somewhere in your town has a gig tonight and it might just change your life. Your presence at that show will certainly change theirs.

It’s a tough world. There are lots of causes and issues to put our passions into and they are all as valid as your belief in them. Still, if you want to occupy something … occupy a local venue and support a local band. You might enjoy it. You might find your “next big thing” and the future will be a much brighter place for it.


Welcome to the SquidHat Records Blog

SquidHat Records is an artist friendly, independent record label created to help talented, interesting, creative and passionate artists record and promote their music, develop their brand and image, and increase their exposure to a larger audience. Our focus includes, but is not limited to, punk, funk and aggressive indie rock. Why? Because music doesn’t have to suck.