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.
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.
"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
Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat