" I live in the shadows" and so it goes, to quote a Dirk Kroll song.The singer-songwriter from Metro-Detroit has quietly collected and curated an introspective life and bound it into a volume of original storied songs. Kroll has performed for years with a variety of musicians of power and pedigree. The songs are flavored with influences including early British Pop/Rock from across the Atlantic and back, Blues, Funk and Ska and are immediately personal, from lamenting one's struggle with addiction, to sitting in the back row of a movie theater as a kid, watching a horror film.Featuring two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and horns with blended vocal harmonies, the band's driving chemistry creates an impassioned elixir and shows off their seasoned core. It has been a task to put a label on this band but what can be said is that the care and delivery of each song is both present and palpable. Nominated for several Detroit Music Awards,THE DIRK KROLL BAND offers up some authentic goods.
"Dirk Kroll writes some punchy pop-rock music with just a good amount of grit and a charismatic swagger.The solo's are fast,flame-wreathed whips and the bass/drum combo sets a solid groove.The vocals can range from soft croon to high creaked crescendos, from sing-speak taunts and flirtations to heartfelt heaves of wavy melodies and dulcet intonations.But, when you get right down to it, THE DIRK KROLL BAND's " Living Inside" are some sure-fire toe-tappers, soulful rock 'n'roll riffers, and ideal mid-summer night's celebratory theme songs"
"Composed of veterans of the Detroit music scene, DKB are a ragtag group of well-seasoned musicians at the top of their game. The new recording "Living Inside" offers an appealing mix of moody blues, surf rock guitar, and the pop sensibilities of peak Elvis Costello. This album plays like your favorite record, the one that you found in the back of a vinyl shop and bought on a whim.Check out the track" I Like The Way", full of power-pop swagger with a catchy chorus.Their approach may not be novel, but it's solid; each solo or layered harmony rolls through easy like a summer afternoon. Pay close attention to the lyrics: melancholic, poetic and a little sly. Kroll takes his time with composition, crafting a smooth musical backdrop for his storytelling.. The DKB represents the best of today's singer/songwriters, swirled with a touch of early Rolling Stones, and aged well in a vat of Detroit's rock 'n roll. Enjoy."
.....Lianna Trimble, http://www.anarchohio.tumblr.com
"Having experienced THE DIRK KROLL BAND on my show brought the art of songwriting to the fore with laced harmonies woven throughout their music. Dirk Kroll is truly a musical architect. Each tune that's on their new CD speaks to the full gambit of emotions. It's great that we still have people following their musical passion by taking serious their craft. Each member of the band makes the puzzle complete. You've got to see them."
Sheldon Kay http;//www.rockandrolllawyer.com The Rock 'n' Roll Lawyer Show WCXI 1160 AM
LIVING INSIDE was recorded live at Magnetic Recording Studio ( Mark Baykian) in downtown Pontiac,MI. Aside from the daunting technology, the CD was recorded on analog tape and transferred to digital( BURL) to capture that "analog warmth" with its imperfections and character."Living Inside" takes its name from the culmination of a year where five gifted musicians found their sweet spot, selected a few songs and brought whatever life's influences they had into one room and created a product flavored with Rock, Pop and a slice of Blues. For 2018, THE DIRK KROLL BAND has reformulated and changed things up with a project in the vault that will feature songs seasoned with Ska, Surf Rock, Americana and a piano song sweetened with a kiss of cello.
THE DIRK KROLL BAND
Dirk Kroll: guitar, vocals
Jeff Adams: guitar, vocals
Paul Price: drums
Adam Brode: bass, vocals
Jim Amann: keyboards
Robert Reeves: horns
Ralph Koziarski: horns