WE REVIEW THE NEW TRACK FROM DIRTY SLIPPERS – HONEST KID
Hungarian 4 piece Dirty Slippers released their first English-language song ‘Honest Kid’ earlier this year. A rock-laced track from the Budapest band reminiscing on the nostalgia of childhood innocence.
Recorded in London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios with George Shilling (Oasis, Mike Oldfield) and Tim Palmer (U2, Bon Jovi) – ‘Honest Kid’ gives off a certain 90’s rock flavour that is hard to ignore.
From the opening melancholic guitar chords and shattering drumbeats, frontman Lazar Lobo-Szaloky’s vocals soon kick in. And boy, do they grab you. A searing delivery peppered with the singer’s accent is backed by the wistful strings of a violin taking this track to another level of hauntingly beautiful.
The increasingly catchy chorus sees Lobo-Szaloky’s voice swoop and soar as he is joined by harmonising backing vocals. Lyrics pensively ponder memories of when life was much more simple and when the world perhaps didn’t seem such a scary place.
“So let it be / So let your truth free / I’m still an honest kid”
A wonderfully melodic guitar solo hits the mix around the 2 minute 30 mark bringing the track to it’s heaviest as thundering drums hammer away. Drawing to a close with pure vocals and the ever-present atmospheric strings; it’s an interesting combination of classic rock and folk sounds. This fusion of genres allowing Dirty Slippers to effectively tell a story that many listeners will surely resonate with.
‘Honest Kid’ is a heady mix of yearning nostalgia and aching optimism, of rock and the wonderfully theatrical. It’s a track sure to give you goosebumps long after the first listen. After all, no matter what life throws at us – we’re still just that little kid inside.