“They’ve honed their sound too into a formidable, controlled sonic assault, while the songwriting carries the mark of a band who’ve got what it takes to scale the heights… the superb current single ‘Midnight Missing’ and the terrific adrenalin rush that is ‘Beautiful Mistake’…One Way Mirror is a scorcher.” Hotpress 7/10
“This superb Irish album produced by Declan Gaffney (U2) and Matt Paul (Amy Winehouse, Hotchip), shows Sarah Jane Wai and Co haven’t been resting on their laurels…” The Irish Daily Star ****
“One-Way Mirror incorporates synth-pop into the punk thrust of old and does so with considerable panache… this is a fine comeback” Irish Independent ***
“Dublin quartet Dirty Epics have moved a distance from the hard-nosed punk inclinations that marked their 2008 debut Straight In No Kissing… they keep it uncomplicated and punchy.” The Irish Daily Mail on Sunday ***
“Dirty Epics have been slinking around the scene for a while, getting progressively tighter and sexier…When they emerge from the lab with ‘One-Way Mirror’ it’s going to surprise a lot of people. It’s a delicately formed Frankenstein’s monster, and a perfect example of the Retro-Futuristic style. Some will find the riff heavy guitar parts hard to reconcile with the peripheral electronica, but the guitars make perfect sense on this record, they balance the sultry detached tones of SJ’s voice.” TNT24.ie
Three men and one woman from Dublin whose debut, Straight in No Kissing (Universal), is a retro-revelation that recalls X-Ray Spex at their most aggressively horny. Pure pop-punk for wow people, and single "Way Too Pretty" is an instant come-on classic.
Marc Savlov, Austin Cronicle SXSW
“If you like uncomplicated punk, then try Wicklow natives Dirty Epics on for size. Having garnered rave live
reviews their much-awaited debut does exactly what it says on the tin…
Think The Subways partying with The Kills- raunchy rebellion guaranteed to end in errant hook-ups and questionable bruising”
The Irish Times***
“The winning combination of urgent drums and guitars as well as Sarah Jane Wai O’Flynn’s scattergun screech
gets the pulse racing from the off… there’s plenty of evidence here to suggest that they may have a bright future ahead.”
The Irish Independent***
“Their schtick (scuzzy, rock ‘n’ roll brevity) is so unervingly, invigoratingly direct, you can’t help but nod and tap your foot furiously from the first second to the last”
The Sunday Business Post ***
“Straight In No Kissing is an immediate affair, grabbing the attention with it’s pulsating punk-pop soundtrack and O’Flynn’s vibrant vocals”
The Sunday Times
“SJ Wai, the singer of Dublin band Dirty Epics, is one of the most exciting performers in the country”
from Epic Tales of Love by Martin Burns – News of the World 24/02/08
Dirty Epics have a unique punky rock poptastic sound which stems from a mass of diverse influences, Kings of Leon, Iggy & The Stooges, Blondie... Solid Drums and Bass, driving Guitars, powerful vocals and a kick ass sexy front woman make for eye popping live shows and give Dirty Epics their edge.
They released their much anticipated debut album “Straight In No Kissing” at the end of 2008 on their own label SCAR Records and distributed by Universal Music.
Their thrilling performances have seen them gig at: Tripod - supporting The Rapture, Crawdaddy – their Launch Gig was voted “Gig of the Week” by The Irish Times,
The New Bands Stage, Oxegen 2007, The Green Stage at Oxegen 2008 and The Green Sphere’s Stage 2009 in front of 8000 festival goers
Indie Pendence, Castlepooloza, Hennessy Artistry and The Academy, The POD at their packed out Hard Working Class Heroes performance, Music Ireland in the RDS,
The Guinness 250 Concerts
SXSW, The Craic Festival NY, Mercury Lounge NY, Pianos NY, MusExpo Europe, and various other hotspots around Ireland and the UK. Dirty Epics have played on RTE shows Podge and Rodge, The Café, The Once a Week Show, The Raw Sessions, UTV’s Live at the Limelight and will be the only Irish band featured in the Nokia Music Stores Sessions from SXSW.