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DANCE FLOOR ROCK N ROLL

BIO

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Like so many of us that were re-discovering ourselves through the existential crisis of the pandemic, The Dirty Shirts singer/songwriter Nick Santa Maria was doing the same and found himself diving headfirst into soaring guitars, disco beats, and sequined mod-inspired threads. Having found himself off the road for the first time after years of playing as a sideman for other artists, Nick finally had the time to return to writing songs of his own, constructing what would become the soundtrack to his new reality. The lockdown gave him time & perspective into what he truly wanted to do with his life, and rather than building someone else’s temple, he’d build his own. 

After reconnecting & writing a handful of songs with childhood friend & fellow studio/touring musician Cameron Moreland and experimenting with a heady spectrum of soundscapes, The Dirty Shirts was born. What arose married the nostalgia of the Warped Tour era of music they grew up playing with the shimmering atmospheres and image of the glam rock and pop music they’d come to love.

The combined music and aesthetic that The Dirty Shirts have cultivated, dubbed “Dance Floor Rock n Roll”, was a response to the drudgery we universally felt from exhaustive quarantines. Nick writes to remind people of the uninhibited times and badass music of the past, with the hope of debaucherous times to come. Songs that remind us of blaring music with your friends, shouting the lyrics deep into the early hours, and not worrying about the vaccination status of your Uber driver.  

Proudly wearing influences from The Strokes to Gorillaz, with hints of David Bowie on their sleeves, The Dirty Shirts hit the ground running with live shows throughout their native Texas in March 2021 after the long awaited release of vaccinations. Soon after, they released multiple singles and a music video, and recorded their debut full-length album with Grammy-winning producer Tre Nagella, which dropped on May 6, 2022. With a string of national tour dates planned for 2022, a love for the past, a hopeful eye on the future, and a drink in hand, The Dirty Shirts are bringing their soundtrack for the new normal (if there ever was one) to the masses.

Written by Cal Quinn

RELEASES

IN THE GET UP FROM THE GET GO

Released May 6, 2022
Produced by Nick Santa Maria
Co-Produced with Tre Nagella
Recorded at Luminous Sound in Dallas, TX
Tracks 5, 7 & 9 Recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas, TX
Engineered by Tre Nagella
Tracks 5, 7 & 9 Engineered by Noah Eichler
Additional Engineering by Isaac Beats
Additional Engineering & Synths on "Shake" by Jeff Saenz
Mixed by Tre Nagella
Mastered by Howie Weinberg

Tracks 1, 4 & 6 Written by Nick Santa Maria
Tracks 3, 5, 7 & 10 Written by Nick Santa Maria & Cameron Moreland
Track 9 Written by Nick Santa Maria, Cameron Moreland & Skylar Payne
Track 2 Written by Nick Santa Maria, Cameron Moreland & David Stükenberg
Track 8 Written by Nick Santa Maria & David Stükenberg

 

"Please Me (feat. Remy Reilly)" (Santa Maria)
Released April 2022
Recorded at Luminous Sound - Dallas, TX
Produced by Nick Santa Maria
Co-Produced by Tre Nagella
Mixed by Tre Nagella
Mastered by Frank Gigliardi & Tre Nagella

 

"Shake" (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Released November 2021
Recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders
Produced by Nick Santa Maria
Co-Produced by Tre Nagella & Noah Eichler
Mixed by Tre Nagella
Mastered by Frank Gigliardi

 

"Gin & Tonic" (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Released June 2021
Recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders
Produced by Nick Santa Maria
Co-Produced by Noah Eichler
Mixed by Matt Anderson
Mastered by Frank Gigliardi

 

"Ol' Chains Romance" (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Released October 2020
Recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders
Produced by Nick Santa Maria & Noah Eichler
Mixed by Matt Anderson
Mastered by Frank Gigliardi

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

"SHAKE - The Animated Video)"
Shake (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Illustrated & Animated by Marisa Ann Brignole
Written and Art Direction by Ashley Myrick 
Produced by The Dirty Shirts & Claire Cassidy Santa Maria
Additional Animation by Francisco Fuentes
Released March 2022

"Gin & Tonic" (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Directed by Cal & Aly
Styled by Claire Cassidy Santa Maria

Makeup by Kate Yancey, Hair by Alex Raney
Filmed at Pascal Bar in Denton, TX
Released June 2021

"Ol' Chains Romance" (Santa Maria/Moreland)
Directed by Rico Deleon
Filmed at Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Dallas, TX
Released October 2020

GALLERIES

"In The Get Up From The Get Go" Album Cover Shoot
Shot by Cal & Aly
Styled by Claire Cassidy Dallas, TX - April 30, 2022
Shot in Dallas, TX

Live - "In The Get Up From The Get Go" Album Release Show
Double Wide - Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX - April 30, 2022
Shot by Jessica Waffles

 

Live - "Please Me" Single Release show
Ruins - Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX - April 2, 2022
Shot by Rico Deleon

 

Live - Main at South Side
Ft. Worth, TX - November 2021
Shot by Cal & Aly

 

Promotional shoot for "Shake" single. 
Art Direction & Set by Ashley Myrick
Styled by Claire Cassidy

Shot by Cal & Aly

Stills from "Gin & Tonic" Music Video Shoot
Styled by Claire Cassidy

Shot by Cal & Aly

PRESS

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Central Track

The Dirty Shirts'
Nick Santa Maria On
Re-Discovering Himself

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