Mighty Fine – The Dirty Sessions Review
The Dirty Sessions
Million Dollar Records
For anyone that saw The Afghan Whigs tour for 1965, the band’s final outing, Steve Myers undoubtably holds a special place in their heart.
Steve was not only an able backup singer, reinforcing Greg Dulli’s raspy soul – he was also Dulli’s hype man. A role usually reserved for the rap world, hype men exist to get the crowd excited and accentuate the MC and DJ. As the Whigs kicked into Citi Soleil, the first song of many encores, Steve would start up the infamous ‘disco call’ a tradition that fans carry on today at many of Dulli’s shows with The Twilight Singers.
The Whigs held a benefit show for Myers in his hometown of New Orleans in 1999. During that performance, Steve took over lead vocals and center stage with a cover of Prince’s “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” That performance was a glimpse of things to come.
Myers has his own band now, and Mighty Fine picks up where that muggy night in 1999 left off. Their debut EP, The Dirty Sessions, is just as fun as the title suggests. Five songs: quick, rocking, soulful and (guess what) dirty.
Mighty Fine sounds like The Hives, if they were from The Big Easy. Yakkety-saxaphone solos, garage guitars and Myers’ best front-man growl. “Dirty Little Thang” kicks the set off with a party anthem of horn-powered punk and the disc never slows down. It’s fun, hip, and a great mix of what makes rock and roll feel sexy, dangerous and cool.