Dirty Lucy are powered by the duo Jodi Moore and Nicole Brophy. Their debut album Dark Green, released in 2003 was well received by critics and music fans across the country. Rave reviews and high rotation on Triple J and community stations across for the first single ‘Nothing Is Free' made it a hugely successful debut release from a young independent Australian band. They have shared stages with such bands as The Waifs, The John Butler Trio, And The Whitlams & Iota and played at Woodford Folk Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots and Womade.


After two years of relentless touring they took some time out due to vocalist Nicole Brophy being diagnosed with server vocal nodules. Time off the road gave her vocal chords the space to settle and she went under the knife to have the nodules removed. The operation was a huge success and after months of training with a vocal coach her voice is now back in form. The new mini album Music, People, Cities, Lights and Darkness due in store July 2006 through Fish Dirt Records and MGM Distribution sheds a whole new shade of sound onto the previously, folky duo.


The move to Melbourne, after years on the road has apparently inspired the duo to write song with a harder edge: a more rock'n'roll sound with the interest of country music/folk inspired instruments and lyrical structure. The instrumentation supplied by Jodi Moore on electric violin, electric mandolin is fantastic – what a great musician! She makes interesting sounds that add great textures to the songs. Multiple reviews have declared her "the Hendrix of the Violin" – and boy she can play. Her playing is an absolute highlight of the album and I get the sense that live she would be extraordinary. She also provides backing vocals that genuinely add to the meaning of the songs.


The lead vocals, supplied by Nicole Brophy are sassy and bold. Her voice is huge and strong. I found some of the vocal melodies somewhat similar to each other. There are however some real stand out performances. The live sounding track really shows her in the best light, her voice demonstrated an emotional sensitivity lacking in the more heavily produced tracks. The disc I have is a pre release with no track listings so I really don't know the names of any of the songs. Her voice reminds me a little of Rachel Nagy from The Detroit Cobras – it is slightly husky and terribly powerful. She really exploits the best of country female vocals with a rock sensibility. The cover Lucinda Williams' ‘Joy' is a cracker. Any fan of Lucinda is a friend of mine – that woman rocks.


The album was recorded in the wilderness of Sydney's South Coast, and produced by Jodi Moore, Nicole Brophy and newcomer, drummer Syd Green. Overall the sound is radio friendly but lacks any real highs or lows. It is good – really good, but flat somehow. I bet these guys are amazing live and their enthusiasm and musical competence is more than apparent. I'd certainly make the effort to see them on the strength of this recording.


The first single off the album is ‘10 Ft Tall', features a devastating performance on violin by Jodi Moore.

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