The Dirty Nil have been busy during lockdown. Helped by the fact these guys live together, they have been putting the finishing touches to their next album and have dropped a teaser in the form of ‘Done With Drugs’.
Luke Bentham – “At this time in my life, I see a lot of people who are trying to stop doing cocaine or stop drinking rivers of liquor, or stop eating lots of shitty fast food. On Facebook, I see these posts from people declaring, “I’m done with this!” – they’ll have a six-paragraph post about how they’re changing their lives. I’m definitely not against self-betterment, and I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s struggle; I’m just kind of amused and fascinated by that whole aspect of social media. Like someone will post, “I’m done drinking coffee!” Okay, well then just stop drinking coffee – you don’t have to try to stop the internet for the day to tell everybody that you’re done with Maxwell House! I find that funny, and somewhat narcissistic. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m kind of an asshole!”
“We were on tour with White Reaper and I don’t think I would’ve written that riff if I wasn’t hanging out with [their guitarists] Tony [Esposito] and Hunter [Thompson]. They had just played with The Killers, so everyday we were always playing the ‘Mr. Brightside’ riff together. I think that opened my mind to stadium-rock cheese, even more so than before. There are songs on this new album that are much heavier than this song, and then there are songs that are a bit more vulnerable than this one – so ‘Done With Drugs’ is kind of an outlier in the fact that it’s in the middle of the spectrum.”
I’ve always impressed with single guitar bands. Especially when that guitarist combines singing, rhythm and lead playing all together. The video for ‘Done With Drugs’ demonstrates Bentham’s brilliant loose guitar style over a tight rhythm section. Pure American punk done the old fashioned way and still the best way.
Check it out, here