When singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Clemmer met multi-instrumentalist/sound engineer Mike Chastain, it was rock at first chord. With Clemmer on vocals and guitar, Chastain on drums, and fellow band-founder Joel Shupack on guitar, The Dirty Words (to be) went through a short slew of bass players. Chastain, a more seasoned musician and artistic conceptualist, brought forth some new ideas to Clemmer and Shupack, who had played music together for years prior as old friends. Eventually, Shupack hit the road for New York City, leaving the band behind with no accompanying guitarist, no bassist...but with a name. Having written a short story that revolved around a main character who's a drummer for a band called The Dirtyu Words, Shupack gave the name away, and flew off into the east. Clemmer and Chastain, while able to hold interesting and productive practice sessions without other instruments, sought a bass player first and foremost. This is when Chastain met Scott Page, a friend-of-a-friend who just so happened to play the instrument The Dirty Words needed most. After just one introductory practice, Scott was immediately and securely in charge of the low end. After a brief stint with a duo of saxophone players and an even shorter session with another guitarist, The Dirty Words picked up hardcore/metal guitarist Aaron Poplin, returning him to his indie rock roots. Again, after just one practice. Over the years the band has tightened and evolved into a vehicle for a wide variety of concise but ornate, well-written songs, underscored by powerful, energetic arrangements that are products of full collaboration from each of the four members. While Clemmer is the chief songwriter and arranger, he brings the skeletal structure on which Chastain, Page, and Poplin supply the muscle, blood, and soul.
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