The Dirty Hooks might’ve released the follow up to their 2012 debut Electric Grit awhile ago, but they’ve been legit busy. There were the usual responsibilities—day jobs, families, etc.—but in March, the Las Vegas rock trio signed on to play a handful of dates with Stone Temple Pilots. That handful turned into an invitation to continue touring with the ’90s alternative radio titans through spring and summer, and even a friendship between the two bands.
“They’ve been nothing but sweethearts to us,” says vocalist/guitarist Bobby McCall, during a call with vocalist/drummer Jenine Cali and guitarist/keyboardist Anthony Ratto III from Houston. “They don’t have to be, but they have.”
But even with more STP dates ahead, it’s time to focus on the release of a new EP, Kiss the Devil and Run. If a release ever lived up to its creator’s name, it’s this one, loaded with carnal, grabby melodies, complemented by come-hither grooves and assured instrumentation. According to McCall, several songs were recorded, but the seven on Kiss the Devil made for the most unified—and budget-friendly—album.
“We would have put more songs out, but we wanted [to work with producers] Kevin and Kane Churko. They actually mixed this album and recorded three songs in their studio, so we wanted it to sound cohesive.”
Now that Kiss the Devil is out, The Dirty Hooks are looking to capitalize on their eventful year, and even start the creative cycle anew. “This one comes out during a good period, with the tour happening,” McCall says. “It’s hopefully a stepping stone to gain more momentum.”
“Now it’s time for writing for the next album,” Ratto adds. “We take our time; we want to make really good songs. So we gotta get on it.”
The Dirty Hooks with Rabid Young, Glass Pools. August 24, 8 p.m., $8, Vinyl, 702-693-5000.