Dirty Scarlet – Your Mistake

Release Date – 5th February 2021

Words: Ben Curry

Ahead of the band’s first release, ‘Your Mistake’, the new single out Friday 5th February, I caught up with the four members of Dirty Scarlet, over Zoom to find out a little more about the young band bringing the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Whitesnakes onto the Barnsley music scene. Originally formed in the summer of 2018, lead singer Ethan Amos and Jack Hayes, both 19, on guitar, and drummer Jack Haigh, 15, completed the line up in June 2020, adding Tom Pursley, also 19, on bass.

Before the arrival of the new bassist, Dirty Scarlet played a gig at The White Bear in December 2019 and reunited in March 2020 after a short break to start working on new projects again, before being hit by the impacts of the pandemic. The new single has been in the works since before the first lockdown in March, the original line-up putting together a rough demo based on the writing of Amos. After Pursley’s arrival in June 2020, when the band began to rehearse again when restrictions were lifted, they described Tom as being “very fluent on the bass on the new tune”. They soon got to work on enhancing the single and recorded between lockdowns over the past year.

“I finished the demo in the break we had in January/February time, but then the lockdown hit so we couldn’t really do anything with it.” says Amos, “In the summer, that was like, priority was to finish that.” “We recorded it in September” adds Haigh, “we spent about a month or two mixing and mastering, getting it how we wanted it to sound.”

Ahead of the band’s first release, ‘Your Mistake’, the new single out Friday 5th February, I caught up with the four members of Dirty Scarlet, over Zoom to find out a little more about the young band bringing the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Whitesnakes onto the Barnsley music scene. Originally formed in the summer of 2018, lead singer Ethan Amos and Jack Hayes, both 19, on guitar, and drummer Jack Haigh, 15, completed the line up in June 2020, adding Tom Pursley, also 19, on bass.

Before the arrival of the new bassist, Dirty Scarlet played a gig at The White Bear in December 2019 and reunited in March 2020 after a short break to start working on new projects again, before being hit by the impacts of the pandemic. The new single has been in the works since before the first lockdown in March, the original line-up putting together a rough demo based on the writing of Amos. After Pursley’s arrival in June 2020, when the band began to rehearse again when restrictions were lifted, they described Tom as being “very fluent on the bass on the new tune”. They soon got to work on enhancing the single and recorded between lockdowns over the past year.

“I finished the demo in the break we had in January/February time, but then the lockdown hit so we couldn’t really do anything with it.” says Amos, “In the summer, that was like, priority was to finish that.” “We recorded it in September” adds Haigh, “we spent about a month or two mixing and mastering, getting it how we wanted it to sound.”

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