For the first few years I somehow managed to miss The Dirty Nil live. Everyone told me how they absolutely upended crowds at their shows. Like, sweat and beer and fists filling that void between flying hair and low ceilings with inhibitions broken on the floor and day jobs trampled under bouncing soles. It wasn’t that I was purposely evading these guys…it just didn’t seem to work for a while. At the same time a lot of their recorded material was coming to the inbox and though it was fun, it wasn’t translating fully to me.
Then they opened for Protomartyr this summer and this 2-song EP happened and suddenly I was on the in with the equivalent of a jab cross to the jaw. When singer Luke Bentham gets the demon eyes on stage you’re instantly on what they’re dishing out. Until now though, it HAD to be seen live to fully grasp. If you’ve been on the journey with The Nil for the past few years it all makes sense. You can’t just harness this kind of energy all at once. It’s unapologetic, brash and pretty fucking expansive.
At first glance you wonder how much damage a 2-song release can do, but you’d be foolish to bypass this release due to its running length. Never before have The Dirty Nil been captured so realistically. All of their elements detonate in a glorious inferno of rock ideas, walloping drums and the same sort of joyous destruction I thought only The Nil’s live performances could conjure. Thankfully, we can now take that raw, unbridled energy everywhere we go now with two songs that rip any banal portion of the day to shreds. I dare you to listen to this thing at work today. Just clear your desk of anything fragile.
The boys have been on the road for a while now and will be back for Supercrawl and I can guarantee the energy in the crowd that night will be furious and incredible. Be sure you’re in it. Get the 7” of Cinnamon b/w Guided By Vices via Fat Wreck Chords through these red letters.