Dilly Dally: I Feel Free

The hard-edged and highly-touted Toronto rock band has bounced back from a near split to record a second album. This opening track showcases the powerhouse vocals of frontwoman Katie Monks and reaffirms the group as real contenders.

Dilly Dally: I Feel Free

By Kerry Doole

Dilly Dally  - "I Feel Free" (Dine Alone):  In a label bio, Katie Monks, frontwoman of the highly-touted Toronto rockers, calls their upcoming album Heaven one that "feels like the album we’d make if the band died and went to heaven."  She candidly admits that inner turmoil nearly broke up the band before the recording of the album, due out on their new label, Dine Alone, on Sept. 14. The group's internationally-acclaimed debut album, Sore, came out on Buzz Records.

Monks adds "we wanted this new album to be something that could help heal old wounds and rejuvenate us while on the road, something that could give us a clean slate and a fresh start. Making this record helped us fall in love with each other all over again.”


Their demise would have been regrettable, as this opening track on the record confirms Dilly Dally as a band to be reckoned with. Its crucial weapon is the powerhouse voice of Monks, one capable of emotional subtlety as well as raw power. Reference points for the hard-edged DD sound could include Hole, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or the Kim Gordon-led Sonic Youth. The guitars are heavy yet clean, and the production work of Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) effectively harnesses the group's energy. Lyrically, "I Feel Free" seems to refer to the group's rebirth (sample lyric: "We’ll start it again / In a moment of silence”)

Interesting factoid: Monks is the sister of Dave Monks, of popular T.O. rockers Tokyo Police Club. A North American tour runs Sept. 7-23, including a show at The Phoenix in Toronto on Sept. 12. Dates are here. A recent set at Universal's NXNE Rooftop Party was fiery and compelling.





Booking (Canada / World): Ben Buchanan - CAA


Management: Jaime Nabrynski - C3 Management

Publicity: Ken Beattie - Killbeat Music

Iron Butterfly's Doug Ingle performs at the Fillmore East on February 1, 1969 in New York City.
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Iron Butterfly's Doug Ingle performs at the Fillmore East on February 1, 1969 in New York City.


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Doug Ingle, singer/keyboardist who co-founded the heavy rock band Iron Butterfly, died on May 24, at age 78. A cause has not been reported.

"Ingle, writer of Iron Butterfly’s signature song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was the last surviving member of the group’s classic lineup, which was formed in San Diego in 1966. Drummer Ron Bushy died in 2021 at age 79, bassist Lee Dornan passed in 2012 at age 70, and guitarist Erik Brann died in 2003 at age 52," Billboard's obituary notes.

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