THE DIRTY NIL
CHAOTIC CANADIAN THREE-PIECE GET READY TO BRING THE NOISE…
WHO ARE THIS LOT AND WHY ARE THEY LYING DOWN ON THE JOB?
That’s Canadian rock’n’rollers The Dirty Nil, and they’re probably just exhausted from laying waste to yet anot h er grimy venue. Playing shows is what they live for and what they do best. And, believe us… they’ll put on a show anywhere. “We’ve played everything from church coffee hou s es to hous e p arti es to th e D airy Queen parking lot,” beams singer/guitarist Luke Bentham. “It’s good to play regular venues where people are actually there to see us, though.”
THEY LOVE TOURING, THEN. BUT WHAT ARE THEIR LIVE SHOWS ACTUALLY LIKE?
In a word: chaotic. In fi ve: chaotic and very bloody loud. “We have had the police called on us, but they actually let us fi nish playing,” Luke laughs. “We’ve played shows where everything in the room has been smashed, with people hurting themselves by getting on other people’s shoulders and falling off. There’s been a lot of chaotic highlights in our history. There’s not one that really stands out, but there’s been a lot of chaos of different kinds.” See? Chaos. With a side order of anarchy and a dollop of pandemonium on top.
AND CAN WE WITNESS THIS CHAOS OURSELVES ANY TIME SOON?
The band have just played their fi rstever shows on this side of the pond. If you weren’t on hand to see them sweat, thrash and howl through their UK debut, don’t worry – they will be back. “When we started this band we had braces on our teeth and low ambitions. Going to Europe was like going to another planet, so this was so far outside of our dreams that it wasn’t even on the radar,” Luke gushes. And while we’re waiting for them to return, you can always check out their imminent debut album, Higher Power.
DOES THAT CAPTURE THE POWER OF THE LIVE SHOW IN ALL ITS FUZZED-OUT GLORY?
It certainly tries. There’s an abrasive wash of feedback and punk-fuelled distortion, but it’s not all about the noise. “We try and keep things lean and mean, and we terminate parts from songs with extreme prejudice rather than have anything we would deem boring. We defi nitely take our time with the arrangements,” says Luke of the band’s songwriting style. “I would say we’re sweet stadium trash! It’s loud rock’n’roll, so just come and see us and have a good time.” Now there’s an invitation you shouldn’t refuse.
“WE HAD THE POLICE CALLED