Release Date: Sep 14, 2018
Record label: Partisan
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
As far as music video concepts go, digging up the bodies of your lifeless bandmates as a visual metaphor for your return from the brink of permanent disbandment, could be deemed a little too on the nose. However, that's exactly what Dilly Dally went for to accompany advance single and sophomore album opener, 'I Feel Free. ' It ties in perfectly with the narrative being presented by guitarist/vocalist, Katie Monks, and her bandmates, as they do their rounds of the press circuit.
"This feels like the album we'd make if the band died and went to heaven," Dilly Dally's Katie Monks says of 'Heaven'. She also speaks of "asking my bandmates to let go of what's been weighing us down. We're not going to let the past hold us back from our dreams." Indeed, 'Heaven' feels like a do-or-die album, and a rebirth. Debut album 'Sore' was an intoxicating rock record helmed by Katie's gravelly vocals; on 'Heaven', all its promise is amped up and taken to the red line.
Continuing the trend of positive punk, Toronto's Dilly Dally blend crushing grunge with tales of redemption We've talked recently about the fact that punk has, in many ways, taken a turn for the positive. In 2018, thanks to likes of Melbourne's Camp Cope and Bristol heroes Idles, the genre's often more about self-love and inclusivity than self-destruction and nihilism - a mission statement that Toronto's Dilly Dally with taken to with the same enthusiasm Sid Vicious harboured for heroin. The band's bruising 2015 debut, 'Sore', received critical acclaim (and seemingly endless comparisons to Courtney Love’s ’90s rockers Hole), placing the quartet at centre of more exposure than they were perhaps equipped to cope with.
In 2009, when high school pals Kate Monks and Liz Ball moved to Toronto to chase their rock'n'roll dreams, they got identical Dilly Dally tattoos even before properly starting the band. "The artist was like, 'I really don't think you should get these tattoos,'" Monks recently recalled in an interview. "And we were like, 'We're gonna be the biggest band in the world.' We thought we were Oasis." In pure feeling, if not quite fame, Dilly Dally's ambition matches that conviction.