dirty nil - Canadian Music Week 2014 Report Card

CMW Report Card ’14: The Dirty Nil @ Bovine Sex Club

Friday, May 9. The Dirty Nil make even this black heart think warmly about "moshing."

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- May 10, 2014

Background/Composition: Young Hamilton punks The Dirty Nil seem to work on the belief that the qualifiers "fast" and "loud" don't necessarily exclude "catchy." "Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü" has haunted me for months.

Spatial-Temporal Reasoning: B+

Mistakes are exceedingly evident in the three-piece format, but these guys are tight, tight, tight. Who says punks can't be professionals?

Healthy Vocal Technique: F

Dear Luke Bentham: yes, you sound like Cobain, I'm sure you've heard it before. But the way you drive your voice! I can hear the polyps growing. I, like most, happen to enjoy the sound of your vocal cords frying, and so, this will not affect your final grade.

Intensity: A

It doesn't take much to turn the Bovine into a wall-to-wall mosh pit, so you can imagine the kind of tangle that The Dirty Nil inspired right off the hop. Sweaty, flailing lumps of flesh, beer showers, and a genuine Stagedive — everybody, even the grey hairs waiting for Cheetah Chrome's slot, seemed thrilled.

FINAL GRADE: B+

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