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The Dirty Nil


The Dirty Nil has kicked open the doors of 2021 with the release of Fuck Art (via Dine Alone Records), their new album that has jumpstarted the IDGAF attitude, self-aware shamelessness, and uproarious energy of full-throttle rock n roll.

 The irreverent amp-blowing Juno-winning badasses have injected classic-rock heroism, pop-punk horsepower, ’80s indie scrappiness, ’90s alterna-crunch, and speed-metal adrenalin into this 11-track collection that balances its moments of astute emotional excavation with no-holds-barred joyousness.

 Of the album, frontman Luke Bentham says: 

Dear world, we proudly present to you: FUCK ART. Dreams, revenge, joy and death. This is our purest glimpse of truth and beauty. Please enjoy, and as always, much love and hail rock n roll.

 The album’s release follows recent anticipatory praise from Alternative Press who named it one of their “Most Anticipated Albums of 2021” calling the trio glorious fuck-up savants capable of stirring our souls, while Loudwire included album highlight “Doom Boy” in their list of the “Best Rock Songs of 2020” recommending it for those who delight in pop-y, punk-y, thrash-y songs about listening to Slayer in your mom’s Dodge Caravan.

The album’s release follows a string of high-voltage advanced tracks, including the aforementioned and hardcore basement ode to young love “Doom Boy” the pop-punk reflection on the vices we grow out of on “Done With Drugs,” and the pairing of “Blunt Force Concussion” and “One More and the Bill” which take aim at the struggle to combat and avoid the limiting bullshit which clogs up our lives as we continue our journeys through adulthood. 

 Fuck Art is the the trio’s most eclectic collection of irreverently exhilarating and fully indulgent rock n roll to date, which Kerrang! called ridiculously infectious while their last album (2018’s Master Volume) was praised by Vice’s Noisey as the album rock ‘n’ roll deserves. 

Fuck Art

The Dirty Nil

January 1, 2021

Dine Alone Records

  1. Doom Boy
  2. Blunt Force Concussion
  3. Elvis ‘77
  4. Done With Drugs
  5. Ride or Die
  6. Hang Yer Moon
  7. Damage Control
  8. Hello Jealousy
  9. Possession
  10. To The Guy Who Stole My Bike
  11. One More and The Bill

Fuck Art is a statement of confidence and defiance from a group that’s now three albums into the game—i.e., the point where ambitious rock bands are supposed to call in the orchestra, experiment with electronics, and try to make their Ok Computer. The Dirty Nil, by contrast, have opted to perfect the formula that, over the past decade, has landed them on stages with everyone from Against Me! to The Who. Fuck Art melts down all of their favourite ingredients—classic-rock heroism, pop-punk horsepower, ’80s indie scrappiness, ’90s alterna-crunch, speed-metal adrenaline—into a radiant, chromatic solution they can then mould and harden into unpredictable shapes.

The Dirty Nil – One More and the Bill (live)

The Dirty Nil – Blunt Force Concussion

The Dirty Nil – Doom Boy

The Dirty Nil – Done With Drugs
(live fromThe Phoenix Concert Theatre June 14th 2020)

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