The Dirty Nil

The Dirty Nil – Master Volume (album review)

by Woody on September 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins

The Dirty Nil are an Ontario trio (Luke Bentham, Ross Miller and Luke Fisher) that falls somewhere on the line between White Reaper and Diarrhea Planet, two bands that have responsible for some of the best sets of music I’ve seen these last few years. The reason that bands like them resonate with fans is that they play with a lack of abandon that reminds you of a time when bands rocked just for the sake of rocking.

In an interview with Uproxx’s Steven Hyden, front-man Luke Bentham said his love of rock was inspired by his parent’s reaction to a Nirvana video. Spurred on that and a grueling live schedule learning from bands like Against Me the band have been road warriors and have been fine tuning their approach.

Like the aforementioned White Reaper and Diarrhea Planet, The Dirty Nil aren’t reinventing rock n roll; but they damn well are celebrating it. The first two tracks, That’s What Heaven Feels Like and Bathed In Light see Bentham dying in the most rock n roll way, a car crash; chatting up his Grandma in heaven in the latter. A couple of tracks later, Always High, sees Bentham revisiting the car crash scenario again, this time as the observer; wishing for a friend to slow down his drug intake. Not the most rock n roll take but they spell it out even clearer later with I Don’t Want That Phone Call.

The Dirty Nil aren’t some parody rock outfit. They aren’t out there getting sloppy for sloppy’s sake. They just like to fucking rock and they want to celebrate loud guitars because, well they’re fucking cool.

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