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Album Review: The Dirty Nil – “Higher Power”

The Dirty Nil may or may not play punk– it’s the slugline of a pedantic argument that obfuscates the fact that punk fans of any ilk will probably like them either way. Calling your band punk, in a world where pure rock ‘n roll and garage rock are inimitably more marketable is a faux pas of colossal variety. The Dirty Nil might not have the same set of influences, and they may not care to be a part of the community, but from whatever roads they took to get there, they ended up in the same place. Their music is punctuated with loud and heavy guitars, vocals shouted at the edge of hoarseness, with enough melody to stick in your head after the two-and-a-half-minutes are up. Whatever they want to call themselves, their music is punk rock by the books.

They’ve released an EP on Fat, and now are making their full-length debut with Higher Power, a title that combined with the band’s overt rock worship, can be taken as a sort reverential testament to the place of powerful, raucous music in one’s life. It’s laid out in the first track “No Weaknesses” both musically and lyrically. Thick chords give way to hints of twang, all fronted by plaintive yell-singing that calls back, in the absolute best way, to the 70’s hey-day of punk rock, where bands from all over the world thrashed chords and attacked the mic with whatever they had in their voice box.

Grunge rears its head on the second track, “Zombie Eyed.” It’s mid-tempo and heavy, like Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr., paired with a whimsical riff that makes the whole thing feel self aware. That’s a line thatHigher Power skips across, over, and under through its duration– the question of authenticity and earnestness painted in a blue cloud as vivid as its album art. At times, the music seems to be a treatise on commenting and incorporating as much of rock music history into a single conclusive sound as possible. “Lowlives” and “Fugue State” cover hardcore in this respect, and does so with respectful vigor. For a band that doesn’t want to sully their name with punk, they play it with remarkable reverence.

There’s nothing wrong with the way the Dirty Nil choose to market themselves. They play powerful rock music and for most anyone who cares for such a thing over scene politics, that’ll be more than enough. Higher Power is an album held together by the notion that music can be a universal unifier– the end result being a curated mixtape of sonic aggression.

4/5



Music Video: The Dirty Nil – “Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü”

The Dirty Nil have released a video for their song “Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü.” Guitarist / vocalist Luke Bentham says of the video:

“12 broken video cameras + illegal smoke bombs in confined spaces = The Dirty Nil live experience, captured for you in glorious VHS format,”

You can watch the video below.

The song appeared on the band’s debut full length Higher Power, which was released on February 26th, 2016 via Dine Alone Records.



Alexisonfire release video for “Young Cardinals” from first live album, “Live At Copps”

Seminal Canadian screamo band Alexisonfire, as you may or may not know, are slated to release their first-ever live album. It’s called “Live At Copps,” and it’s culled from the last performance of their 2012 farewell tour. Pre-orders for the four-LP  physical release are available right here.

The physical release, which is due out on Dine Alone Records, is accompanied by a Blu-Ray of the entire performance. To whet your appetite, the band have released the performance of “Young Cardinals” from that show. Check it out right here.

Alexisonfire last released Old Crows/Young Cardinals in 2009, and called it quits two years later, followed by the aforementioned farewell tour, and then announced their reunion last March.



FIDLAR release music video for “Why Generation”

LA punks FIDLAR have released the music video for their song “Why Generation.”

You can watch it below.

FIDLAR released Too on September 4, 2015 via Dine Alone Records.



The Dirty Nil perform “Zombie Eyed” for Little Elephant

The Dirty Nil have released a video of them playing their new single “Zombie Eyed” which was recorded live at the Little Elephant in Toledo, Ohio. You can watch the video below.

“Zombie Eyed” will appear on the band’s upcoming full length Higher Power, which is set to be released February 26th, 2016 via Dine Alone Records.

The Dirty Nil released “Cinnamon b/w Guided by Vices” on Fat Wreck Chords in August 2014.



The Dirty Nil release live video for cover of Fugazi’s “Provisional”

Canadian punk rock trio The Dirty Nil have released a video of their cover version of Fugazi‘s “Provisional”, which was recorded live at the Little Elephant in Toledo, Ohio. You can watch the video below.

The original version of “Provisional” is taken from Fugazi’s classic 1989 EP Margin Walker, while The Dirty Nil’s version is taken from their 7″ No Weaknesses, which released last October.

The band will release their new album Higher Power next month on Dine Alone Records.



The Dirty Nil stream new track “Zombie Eyed”

Canadian punk rock trio The Dirty Nil are streaming the song “Zombie eyed” off of their upcoming full length “Higher Power”, you can stream the track below.

The song drips with their punk energy mixed with their 90’s alternative sensibilities. “Higher Power” is set to be released February 26th, 2015 via Dine Alone Records.

The Dirty Nil released “Cinnamon b/w Guided by Vices” on Fat Wreck Chords in August 2014



Music Video: The Dirty Nil – “No Weaknesses”

Canadian rock and rollers The Dirty Nil have released a new video for their song “No Weaknesses,” and you can check it out here.

“No Weaknesses” comes from the band’s upcoming debut full length Higher Power, which is set to be released on February 26h via Dine Alone Records. The band last released a 2-song 7″ in August of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Single Mothers stream unreleased b-side “Wet Cement”

Canadian punk/post-hardcore band Single Mothers are streaming “Wet Cement,” a b-side from their debut LP Negative Qualities. You can give it a listen below.

Single Mothers released Negative Qualities on October 7, 2015 through Dine Alone Records



Fidlar announce North American and UK/European tour dates

LA punks FIDLAR have announced a North American tour in support of the release of their sophomore album, Too. The North American portion of the tour starts today in Denver, CO and runs through to the end of October, while the UK/European portion will be throughout November. You can check out the dates and locations below.

FIDLAR released Too on September 4, 2015 via Dine Alone Records.



FIDLAR stream new song “Leave Me Alone”

LA punks FIDLAR have released a stream of a new song. Titled “Leave Me Alone”, the track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Too, and you can give it a listen below.

FIDLAR will release Too on September 4, 2015 via Dine Alone Records.



Dine Alone Records releases Summer Sampler

Canadian based Dine Alone Records has made their new Summer Sampler available for download. The Sampler is loaded with brand new singles from City and Colour and The Sheepdogs, alongside tracks from Alexisonfire, Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Vanessa Carlton, k-os and FIDLAR, and iconic artists Marilyn Manson and Swervedriver as well as some up-and-coming artists. You can download it here.

To make the deal even sweeter, anyone who downloads the 2015 Summer Sampler and enters their information will instantly be entered to win 1 of 20 prize packs from Dine Alone Records and friends at Converse, JammyPack, Glasstic, HEX and Dine Alone Foods. Click here to see the whole track list for the album and to see what you could win!



The Dirty Nil sign to Dine Alone Records for release of new 7″ and LP, announce fall tour

Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil have signed to Dine Alone Records with plans to release a new 7″ and a debut full-length. The EP will release in November, featuring a new song titled “No Weaknesses” and a cover of Fugazi’s “Provisional.” The LP is set to release early next year.

In addition to revealing their new partnership with Dine Alone today, the band also announced a month-long US tour they will be embarking on this fall. More info can be found below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on all of The Dirty Nil’s upcoming releases come to light. They last released a 2-song 7″ in August of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



City and Colour announce “If I Should Go Before You” release date, track list, fall US tour

City and Colour have announced their new album “If I Should Go Before You,” which is set for October 9th release through Dine Alone Records.

You can check out the track list below as well as a list of US tour dates for this fall.



City and Colour tease new 9 minute track “Woman”

City and Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire’s solo project) have uploaded some of their first new material since 2013. The group posted a 2 minute teaser of a new upcoming track called “Woman”. The full 9 minute song was premiered on Beats 1, a popular radio show hosted by Zane Lowe. Green also posted the lyrics to this song on his Facebook page, which you can check out here. Head on over here to give the track a listen.

C&C announced that they have in fact finished tracking their next full-length. The highly-anticipated album will serve as a follow-up to their last album The Hurry And The Harm, which was released in 2013 through Dine Alone Records.