THE DIRTY NIL

CHAOTIC CANA­DIAN THREE-PIECE GET READY TO BRING THE NOISE…

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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

ON US!”

Clock­wise (from top): Kyle Fisher (drums), Luke Ben­tham (gui­tar/ vo­cals), Dave Nardi (bass/vo­cals) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR FANS OF: HECK, Gui­tar Wolf, The Stooges. HEAR: De­but al­bum Higher Power, out on Fe­bru­ary 26. MORE INFO: Face­book.com/ thedirtyni

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