Dilly Dally Sign to Dine Alone Records, Release New Song, Video and Announce New Album
“This feels like the album we’d make if the band died and went to heaven,” says Dilly Dally guitarist/singer Katie Monks about her band’s upcoming sophomore LP, aptly titled Heaven, out September 14 via Dine Alone. In a sense, that’s precisely what happened. Heaven rose from the ashes after the Toronto four-piece almost decided to call it quits following the rigorous cycle around their acclaimed debut, Sore. Instead, they’ve returned with a fierce, fiery ode to optimism, a distortion-soaked battle cry for hope and beauty in a world of darkness and doubt.
Opening track “I Feel Free” is out today, along with a video written and directed by Monks. The clip visualizes the band’s struggle to breathe new life into old friendships. It shows Monks literally digging her three bandmates out of the ground, ultimately finding cathartic release in the form of a white Flying V, dug out of the fourth grave.
Monks explains, “this song is me asking my bandmates to let go of what’s been weighing us down. We’re not going to let the past hold us back from our dreams. Let’s do this thing.”
Monks describes the sound of Heaven as “doom metal vibes with lots of positive messages.” Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), she’s backed by Liz Ball (lead guitar), Benjamin Reinhartz (drums), and Jimmy Tony (bass). Collectively they weave from anthemic slate cleaner (“I Feel Free”) to swamp-rock ferocity (“Doom”) to epic queer tragedy (“Bad Biology”) and beyond, while Monks’ singular wail remains one of the most powerful instruments in all of rock music.
Following an opening set last week for The Voidz at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere, Dilly Dally will tour extensively behind Heaven. This fall they’ll hit the road with FIDLAR, with additional headline dates to follow. Current Canadian routing below.
Sore was one of the best-reviewed records of 2016. Rolling Stone hailed it as a “blazing” debut that “sounds like an unleashed id with a sick distortion pedal,” while Fader said it “hits that ever-elusive sweet spot between total recklessness and sly control,” and Pitchfork raved that the album “oozes with female desire” and offers up “a heavy swagger redolent of some of the best ever alt-rock.” The music earned the band dates with Grouplove, METZ, and Fat White Family.
Aug 18 – Ponderosa Music Festival – Rock Creek, BC
Sep 12 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON *
Oct 29 – The Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC *