Dirty Epics

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Dirty Epics
Origin Greystones
County Wicklow
Genres Pop, punk rock, new wave
Years active 2006 – 2014
Labels SCAR Records
Website MySpace
Members Sarah Jane (SJ) Wai
Richie Power
Darren McCoy
Gary Nethaway
Past members Cormac Farrell
Vince Lim
Alan Delaney

Dirty Epics were a four-piece Irish new wave band formed in Greystones, County Wicklow, but now resided in Dublin. They were composed of vocalist Sarah Jane (SJ) Wai,[1] bassist Richie Power, guitarist Darren McCoy[2] and drummer Gary Nethaway and were managed by Nadine O'Flynn. They have performed at numerous festivals and television shows..

Dirty Epics are known for songs such as "The Cure",[3] We're Coming Up and "White Out". Their debut album, Straight In No Kissing, was released in 2008 and the band signed a distribution deal with Universal Music Group for it.[4] In 2009, they competed in The Raw Sessions, progressing to the final. In 2010, one of their songs featured in British teen drama Skins and the band returned to SXSW.

Musical style[edit]

The sound of Dirty Epics has been described as "a mix of the New York Dolls, Joy Division and the Pixies with Bob Dylan". They are known for their "buzzing guitars, powerful vocals, and a driving drum and bass section".[5] The Irish Independent described the effect on the pulse of a combination of "urgent drums and guitars" alongside the "scattergun screech" of Sarah Jane Wai O'Flynn.[6] SJ Wai counts her stylistic influences as including Debbie Harry of Blondie, describing her as "a true original who perfectly balanced a punkrock image with glamorous beauty".[7]



The band formed during their school days, when Wai, Farrell and Power first made collective use of their skills as musicians and songwriters. Delaney resided in a town "far far away" but met his three future bandmates and after which Dirty Epics were formed. New Yorker Vince Lim joined the band in late 2009 as guitarist. Darren McCoy joined then in late 2010 as guitarist. Darren, an old friend of the bands from Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.[8]

Dirty Epics started writing and recording in 2005 where a demo of "The Cure" was reviewed in Hot Press by Jackie Hayden.[citation needed] They had their "Launch Gig" at Crawdaddy in April 2007. This was voted “Gig of the Week” by The Irish Times's weekly music supplement The Ticket. They have also supported The Rapture at Tripod in Dublin and performed with Republic of Loose in The Academy,[9] as well as The Coronas at the same venue.[10] In early 2009 the band embarked on a tour of the United States, performing in destinations such as New York City, Texas and Los Angeles.[11] In a piece for independent.ie, the band perhaps jokingly said that they have used several cost-saving initiatives, including buying less batteries for their guitar effects pedals, less guitar strings and have also stated that they have restricted themselves to two strippers each per show.[12]

Festival appearances[edit]

Dirty Epics performed as the second act (between myokhotel and The Milk Teeth) on the New Bands Tent at Oxegen on 7 July 2007.[7][13] They returned the following year where they opened the Green Room Stage at 17:00 on 11 July 2008 just before The Kinetiks.[14][15][16][17] Dirty Epics performed at Indie-pendence in August 2008.[18][19] On 16 August 2008, the band played the Solas Stage at Solas Festival in County Carlow.[20] They have also played Hard Working Class Heroes and Miss Ireland.[21] They participated in the Arthur's Day events in Dublin on 24 September 2009 and in 2011 they played an open venue concert in Dublin to celebrate Chinese New Year.[22]

On 19 March 2010, Dirty Epics performed at the Irish Breakfast Showcase held at SXSW.[2] It was around this time that the single "I Heart You" was released and new guitarist Vince Lim joined the band.[2] They returned to Dublin to support OneRepublic.

Dirty Epics performed at Guinness Arthur's Day 2010 in Whelans with Brandon Flowers and in The George Pub with the Hoosiers.

Dirty Epics also appeared at Electric Picnic in 2013, playing in the little big tent

Media appearances[edit]

On 29 March 2008, Dirty Epics appeared on The Once a Week Show alongside guests Leanne Moore, singer and Pamela Flood, model and television presenter. They performed "The Cure".[23] On 30 October 2008 the band appeared on The Cafe alongside guests George Lee, economist and Lucy Kennedy, television presenter. They performed the song "Way Too Pretty".[24] On 17 December the band performed at Whelan's as part of Alison Curtis's Christmas Special on Today FM.[25][26][27] On Monday 9 February 2009 they performed on thye podge and rodge show, taking part in their competition Rocin' Roulette. They also performed on UTV's Live at the Limelight on the 25th of February 2009. Dirty Epics also appeared on RTÉ Two's The Raw Sessions,[28][29] progressing to the final with their song "All Time Favourite".[30]

The song "We're Coming Up" featured in the final episode of the current series of British teen drama Skins on E4 on 18 March 2010.[2]


SJ Wai - Vocals
Darren McCoy - Guitar
Richie Power - Bass
Gary Nethaway - Drums


Dirty Epics have definitely released the singles "The Cure" (released 7 March 2008[31]) and "Way Too Pretty" (released 3 October 2008) and also possess the songs "Overrated" and "Pony". Their debut album, Straight In No Kissing (produced by Dave Morgan and Gareth Mannix) was released on 31 October 2008.[32]

They contributed to the 2009 charity album, Sparks n' Mind, released in aid of Aware, performing a cover version of the Portishead song, "Glory Box".[33]

They also played at Presentation College, Terenure's Fashion Show and Design Competition in February 2009 for the Marie Keating Foundation for breast cancer.

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2008 Straight In No Kissing
2013 One-Way Mirror


  1. ^ "Dirty Epics" Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Oxegen 2008. Accessed 26 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dirty Epics to rock Skins tonight - and Austin tomorrow!". Hot Press. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010. "We've got a new guitarist Vince Lim, so we've been bedding him in," Sarah reveals. "It's worked out really well. We wanted to get recording immediately and so we went straight into the studio and recorded 'I Heart You', which has just been released as a single. 
  3. ^ "UPDATED: Dirty Epics release single, plan tour". Hot Press. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Dirty Epics sign Universal distribution deal". Hot Press. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Dirty Epics rock out during home performance". Bray People. 2008-10-29. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Music: Dirty Epics * * *". Irish Independent. 2008-10-31. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Punk Blondes have more fun". Irish Independent. 2007-06-06. Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Dirty Epics to play Traffik". The Munster Express. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  9. ^ "Dirty Epics". Waterford Today. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  10. ^ "The Coronas announce Academy show". Hot Press. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  11. ^ "Dirty Epics plot US tour…". Hot Press. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  12. ^ "'I've planted my own fruit and veg patch'". Irish Independent. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Final Oxegen bands unveiled". muse.ie. 2007-06-22. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  14. ^ "Oxegen announce full stage line-up…". Hot Press. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  15. ^ "Oxegen 2008 – Festival's Full Line-Up Revealed…". Today FM. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-11. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Show times released for Oxegen 2008…". Hot Press. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  17. ^ "Oxegen 08 Line Up…". Phantom FM. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-16. [dead link]
  18. ^ "The Blizzards among acts for Indie-Pendence '08". Hot Press. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  19. ^ "Gemma Hayes, Giveamanakick for Indie-Pendence '08". Hot Press. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  20. ^ "Solas Festival lineup released". Hot Press. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  21. ^ "Dirty Epics zone straight in for the kill". Limerick Independent. 2008-12-10. Archived from the original on 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  22. ^ "Guinness Announce Arthurs Day Line Up, Entertainment.ie Chat to Noah and The Whale". entertainment.ie. 2009-07-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  23. ^ The Once a Week Show - 29 March 2008. RTÉ. Accessed 24 December 2008.
  24. ^ The Cafe 30 October 2008. RTÉ. Accessed 24 December 2008.
  25. ^ "Today FM's Christmas show at Whelan's". Hot Press. 2005-11-26. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  26. ^ "December 15th". Today FM. 2008-12-15. Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  27. ^ "The Alison Curtis Show Christmas Special". Today FM. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-22. [permanent dead link]
  28. ^ "Dirty Epics, R.S.A.G. and more for The Raw Sessions With Sony Ericsson". Hot Press. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  29. ^ "Dirty Epics Go through to second round". Hot Press. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  30. ^ "Catch the Raw Sessions live final tonight!". Hot Press. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  31. ^ "Dirty Epics" Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine.. The Back Room. Accessed 26 December 2008.
  32. ^ "Dirty Epics return to Traffik". The Munster Express. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  33. ^ "Springsteen, Pixies & Portishead covered for Irish charity album". Hot Press. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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