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The Dirty Nil Aren't Nothing

The Dirty Nil at Horseshoe Tavern
The Dirty Nil, The Archives
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Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 1, 2013

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

After experiencing the performance The Dirty Nil dispensed on Feb. 1st at the Horseshoe, I'm expecting a growing population to be pulled into fandom by their rock 'n' roll gravitational field.

The Dirty Nil

Was that opening sentence too much? Possibly, but don't judge until you've seen them perform. Sometime last year I learned about their song "Fucking Up Young" from Jake Boyd (Hollerado) and got hooked on its anthemic rebellious lyrics and charged music. However, it wasn't until I took in a full set that I understood why I kept hearing about this band with increasing frequency.

Throughout the set Luke Bentham (Vocals, Guitar), Kyle Fisher (drums), and David Nardi (bass) discharged endlessly positive energy, whether they were working the crowd with a well placed cover song or pounding out one of their own startling compositions. Vocal harmonies of Weezer, musical elements of Nirvana, the attitude of euphoric punk, and a stage presence far beyond their recordings all combined to leave me slaughtered by rock.

The Dirty Nil play Lee's Palace on Saturday, February 23rd with SPARTA. Just go.

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The Archives

The Archives were the start to my night, and it was great to catch up with them after almost a year. The stage presence of Anthony Menecola (vocals, bass), Will Gooch (guitar), Crispin Day (guitar), and Kevin Cardenas (drums) has improved, and they did a good job warming up the significant crowd that had already filled the venue. Their sound has also evolved, still keeping the edge, but with more polish, perhaps reminding me of a harder Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Have a listen to "Sheeps Clothing" below and let me know what you think.

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