THE DIRTY NIL

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FRESH BLOOD’S NEW­EST STARS MAKE RI­OTOUS LIVE UK DE­BUT AT EX­PLO­SIVE LON­DON SHOW

■ SO, YOU read all about what a killer live band The Dirty Nil are in last week’s Fresh Blood (K!1605) – but can this chaotic Cana­dian rock’n’roll mob put the money where their mouths are on UK soil for the first time? In a word: yes. There’s a lot rest­ing on tonight, given the fact that Luke Ben­tham, Dave Nardi and Kyle Fisher have not only not played the UK be­fore, they’ve never played an over­seas show any­where. How­ever, it takes no time for The Dirty Nil to push first-show nerves aside and make their mark. Up first, though, are Lon­don four­some Waco – who al­ready look more than com­fort­able on­stage. In-be­tween talk of “bit­ter­sweet” Bri­tish beaches and the only desert in the UK (which is called Dun­geness, FYI – thanks for the ge­og­ra­phy les­son, lads), the open­ers blast their way through the likes of Ag­i­ta­tion with to­tal con­fi­dence. It’s the per­fect vibe for The Dirty Nil to fol­low. The trio set the tone with the open­ing two-punch of No Weak­nesses and Zom­bie Eyed, mak­ing no fuss over the grav­ity of the oc­ca­sion. While the crowd take a while to warm up, the songs from forth­com­ing de­but Higher Power make an in­stant im­pact, sound­ing slick and con­fi­dent among the chaos. It’s just un­der an hour of loud, noisy fun – and a hugely ex­cit­ing glimpse at The Dirty Nil’s bright fu­ture.

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