top of page

Romanian Folkcore DIRTY SHIRT Drop The Highly Energetic “DOPE-A-MIN”

Romanian Folkcore DIRTY SHIRT Drop The Highly Energetic “DOPE-A-MIN”

New Album “Get Your Dose Now!” Out April 1, 2022

+ 2022 EU Tour (RO, FR, DE) and Festival Dates - Hellfest (FR) and more!

Top L to R: Vlad Toca (drums), Pal Novelli (bass), Dan Petean (guitars), Cristian Balanean (guitars)

Bottom L to R: Cosmin Nechita (violin), Robert Rusz (vocals), Dan Rini Craciun (vocals), Mihai Tivadar (keyboards, guitars)

Photo Credit - Vladut Ciprian

Started as a wedding band, Romania's Dirty Shirt knows how to get the party started and keep it going. Playing a signature mix of nu-metal, metalcore, alternative rock, and hardcore, the gang of musicians takes a wide array of influences and creates something distinctly their own. The second single off their upcoming album “Get Your Dose Now!” is the chipper and upbeat “DOPE-A-MIN”. The band explains it in their own words:

“It is probably one of the most energetic songs from the album. It starts quite “standard” with a nu-metal/hardcore intro, then the verses and choruses combine metal with traditional style melodies, giving almost a “pirate metal” ambiance. The intermezzo completely changes the ambiance, with some complex rhythm break, then a melodic part, with vocals and violin theme composed in gypsy Romanian style. The song ends in symmetry, with the same part as the intro. Lyrically, the song is about all the illusions created by social media. We must be happy at all cost, and have become dependent from these shots of dopamine that we pop like vitamins tablets every morning.”

Early on in their existence, Dirty Shirt played progressive alternative metal and now base their sound off nu-metal with prominent influences from hardcore, industrial, funk, and electro. They add on to it further by adding eclectic inspiration, especially from East European traditional music. Album after album they develop and tweak their sound which is played by eight core members and a large parade of guests present on recordings and at larger live events.

Dirty Shirt is accessible for a wide range of listeners across the musical spectrum and is suggested listening for fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Dubioza Kolektiv.

“DOPE-A-MIN” can be heard via its music video -

The album “Get Your Dose Now!” is out on April 1, 2022.

Album pre-order at

Music Video - Pretty Faces ft. Benji Webbe, Caliu & Paul Ilea -

Music Video - New Boy in Town -

Music Video - Geamparalele -

Lyric Video - Cand s-o-mpartit norocu’ (Part 1 & 2) -

Track Listing:

1. New Boy in Town (2:46)

2. Pretty Faces (4:06)

3. Dope-A-Min (3:05)

4. What’s Going On (2:35)

5. Hot for Summer (3:04)

6. New Conspiracy (2:41)

7. Cand s-o-mpartit norocu’ (Part 1) (4:07)

8. Cand s-o-mpartit norocu’ (Part 2) (3:39)

9. Geamparalele (4:31)

Total Length: 30:34

Bonus Tracks - Pandemic Special - EP:

1. Resonate (Metal Version) (3:37)

2. Away (Orchestral Version) (3:46)

3. Don't Care (25 Years Later) (9:06)

4. Latcho Drom (Live Studio Session feat. Caliu) (1:47)

Dirty Shirt - 2022 - Get Your Dose Now! Tour Dates:

April 1 - BUCURESTI (RO) - Quantic

April 2 - BRASOV (RO) - Kruhnen Musik Halle

April 8 - BAIA MARE (RO) - Sala Sporturilor

April 9 - CLUJ NAPOCA (RO) - Form Space

April 29 - BACAU (RO) - Valhalla Pub

April 30 - IASI (RO) - Undergound Pub

May 1 - SUCEAVA (RO) - Art Rock Café

May 13 - ORADEA (RO) - Bers Nova Bors

May 28 - BUCURESTI (RO) - Iubim 2 Roti

June 24 - CLISSON (FR) - Hellfest Open Air

June 25 - CERISY-BELLE-ETOILE (FR) - Les Bichoiseries

July 2 - MONTCUL (FR) - Plane'r Fest

July 16 - NEUKIRCHEN-VLUYB (DE) - Dong Open Air

July 30 - POIANA HOREA, CLUJ (RO) - Beee, ma! 2022

Aug 3 - RASNOV (RO) - Rockstadt Extreme Fest

Aug 12 - CORBII DE PIATRA (RO) - Stonebird Festival

Aug 18 - SULINGEN (DE) - Reload Festival

Aug 20 – HEL’PA (SK) - Horehronske MeCheChe

Aug 21 - TARGU MURES (RO) - Maris Fest

Aug 26 - BISTRITA (RO) - Way Too Far Rock Festival

Aug 27 - SUMMER CAMP BREZOI (RO) - Mentor Rock Gathering

For more info:


Dirty Shirt is a top Romanian crossover folkcore metal band, winner of second place at the international final of Wacken Metal Battle 2014 and of several awards at Metalhead Awards and Maximum Rock Awards. The band’s unique style derives from mixing the heavy sound of modern rock/metal with the festive ambiance of East-European traditional music, the eclecticism of world music (country, reggae, and tribal rhythms), the electro sound of industrial music, the energy of hardcore, and the groove of funk. It’s not surprising to find great appreciation for Dirty Shirt albums in hundreds of reviews all over the world, including in well-respected magazines such as Metal Hammer (DE, HU), Rock Hard – (DE, FR, SLK), Metalsucks – USA, Hard Rock Mag – FR, Terrorizer – UK, etc.

9 views0 comments


bottom of page