Dilly Dally: Sober Motel/Bad Biology
The Toronto hard rock band demonstrates its sonic ferocity on a new live video featuring two cuts from acclaimed current album Heaven.
By Kerry Doole
Dilly Dally - “Sober Motel/Bad Biology” (Dine Alone): A just-released video clip features two tracks from Heaven, the well-received new album from the Toronto hard rockers.
The live video was filmed during a secret show in Toronto's Coffin Factory Studios, which is currently where guitarist/vocalist Katie Monks lives. All of the residents, most of whom are artists, are to be evicted on April 1 so the building can be torn down to make way for condos. An all-too-familiar scenario in this so-called Music City.
“It's so important to cause a fuss when these places fall off,” says Monks in a press release. “Ultimately, The Coffin Factory is a place where artists are free to be themselves. Make noise, experiment, collaborate and live with people you may not have otherwise met. A place to worship the creative process and live out your dreams. I was lucky enough to live there for the last few months.
"As Dilly Dally heads out on our biggest North American tour yet, it's important to acknowledge where we actually came from and how we got here. If we had each moved to the city ten years ago without having spaces like this, the band probably wouldn’t exist today. Support from our community has been crucial.
This 'Live Music Video' is an expression of that. We put on a free secret show with all local artists inside our unit and filmed the building before it gets demolished April 1. To me, it's a symptom of a culture that looks down at the artists themselves, despite wanting to consume what they create. That's why it's so important to hold its memory up so high.”
The video (directed by Monks) captures the group's signature sonic ferocity in compelling fashion. Monks can go from a whisper to a scream with ease, and her comrades sound tighter than ever.
Heaven has been one of the best-reviewed albums of the year, met with spotlights from Noisey, Fader, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Uproxx, NY Times, and more.
After supporting Heaven through Europe and the UK late last year, Dilly Dally has begun a North American tour, playing Brighton Music Hall in Boston tonight (March 20), followed by more US dates until April 9, then five shows in Western Canada. Itinerary here
Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat