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Dilly Dally: Marijuana

The hard-edged Toronto band rock the joint with this ode to their favourite herb. Nothing laidback here, though, given the searing guitars and Katie Monks' gutsy vocals.

Dilly Dally: Marijuana

By Kerry Doole

Dilly Dally - "Marijuana" (Dine Alone): For this new single from their recent well-reviewed album Heaven, the Toronto rockers tackle a very timely theme.


In a label press release, singer/guitarist Katie Monks delivers a strong pro-pot statement:

“We’ve been inhaling so much fear and hate from our televisions, our leaders, social media… I don’t know about you, but the anxiety and eventual depression became overbearing. The only way I could keep functioning, and get through writing this record, was with some assistance from weed. Basically, if I didn’t write anything good by sun down - I would smoke sativa for good measure. It would clear my creative pathways, help me forget about the expectations of others, and almost hide away in my own protective energy field.

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"I’m happy to contribute a song that may perhaps help shed off the stigma that weed is anything other than a sacred tool that many cultures cherish. It needs to be respected.”

"Marijuana" is accompanied by a suitably psychedelic animated video, directed by Andrew Knives, while the tune itself is fiery, rather than mellow and stoned in its vibe. The group's trademark hard-edged guitars are in evidence, as is Monks' gutsy voice, one that erupts into a paint-stripping yowl at one point.

Heaven has been one of the best-reviewed rock records of the year, earning spotlights from Noisey, Fader, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NY Times and Vulture.

Dilly Dally plays a hometown show at Lee's Palace on Dec. 6, followed by a tour of the UK and Europe, Jan. 24-Feb. 14. The band recently announced a North American headline tour for 2019 beginning March 18, with tickets now on sale. Itinerary here

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