On King Ropes’ debut album, Dirt, frontman/guitarist Dave Hollier writes deeply expressive songs rooted in the highs and lows of human experience. King Ropes — the name is borrowed from a Wyoming saddlery store — generates musical and emotional fireworks throughout Dirt, with such insistent tunes as “Dogleg Boy“, “Lurch On Sister“, “International Shortwave” and “Shovel and a Pickaxe” exemplifying Hollier’s vivid songwriting and the band’s infectious punch, maintaining a gritty, organic vibe that underlines the album’s title. Hollier explains:
Dirt is the product of a journey that’s taken Hollier and his songs back and forth across the United States before landing him in his home state of Montana. He describes what inspires his writing:
Now, with the long-brewing Dirt a vibrant reality, Hollier is looking forward to taking King Ropes on the road.