'Musically, Dirty Socialites is comparable to "The Woods"-era Sleater-Kinney (Smak's singing reminds me a lot of Corin Tucker) with a lot of Sonic Youth-ish chording and guitar tones woven into their audio tapestry. But Dirty Socialites are no one trick pony - they successfully pull off gorgeous shoe-gazer balladry ("Beautiful Apologian") as well as straight up thrashy garage punk ("Rocket Barrettes')' - Gary Spencer, Dayton City Paper 'Those venturing out to Dirty Socialites shows will see a trio that takes major cues from Sonic Youth and The Pixies, and who pour every ounce of energy into their quirky bursts of edgy pop.' - Tim Anderl, Dayton City Paper (Apr 03, 2012) Smak and Gullett collaborate to write most of the group's material, drawing from a wide range of musical influences to create their raw, hook-heavy garage rock anthems. "It's hard to really put a label on it," Smak said of the band's unique sound. "It might be something different for everybody. Indie rock is kind of too generic a label to put on our music ... it's just kind of an artwork in progress, really." "We have a pretty wide range of things that we all listen too," she explained. "Derek listens to a lot of Queens of the Stone Age. We've both been listening to a bunch of old Pixies records, and old 90s bands like the Screaming Trees. We've been getting into all that stuff we used to listen to a long time ago and kind of listening to it with a fresh perspective now." "I really like Sonic Youth," she said. "Another band I've been listening to a lot lately is the Wipers. They were a band from the 80s that we kind of got told we sounded similar to. So I decided to check it out and I just absolutely love it." Channeling these classic low-fi influences, the band chose a D-I-Y approach to record their debut album "Amor Or Armor." "It's all us," Smak said. "We recorded it in our basement ... nowadays, with the way music sales go, you almost have to do everything yourself. We believe in what we're doing so much that we're willing to put forth the effort and cost to do everything ourselves."