Dirty Three / Low

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1992, instrumental trio Dirty Three was formed as an offshoot of various established local bands, including Busload Of Faith, Fungus Brains, Venom P. Stinger and the Blackeyed Susans. During breaks from these bands, Warren Ellis (electric violin), Mick Turner (guitar, ex-Moodists) and Jim White (drums) worked together on a high-energy bar room set, which eventually made them one of the area’s top live attractions. They soon picked up impressive support slots to touring acts including Pavement and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, before their debut album Sad & Dangerous was released on the small Boston label Poon Village Records. Essentially a repackaging of their homemade demo tape, its release was followed by an extensive north American tour.

The trio’s meteoric rise was confirmed by a place on the 1995 Lollapalooza mobile festival, before arriving in England to provide a live soundtrack to Carl...

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