The record is an exhilarating concoction of classic-rock heroism, pop-punk horsepower, ‘80s indie scrappiness, ‘90s alterna-crunch, and speed-metal adrenalin. They recently gave fans a taste of ‘Fuck Art’ by releasing ‘Doom Boy,’ a mesh of thrashy, metal-like riffs with pop-punk melodies, and a radio-friendly chorus; it’s a hardcore basement punk love song about listening to Slayer in the back of a minivan that’s not afraid to sound pretty in a stadium.
Kerrang! has called the trio “ridiculously infectious” while their last album (2018’s ‘Master Volume’) was praised by Vice Noisey as “the album rock ‘n’ roll deserves”. Watch them perform “Doom Boy” live to see why Brooklyn Vegan recently called The Dirty Nil, “a band who beg to be seen live”.
THE DIRTY NIL – ‘Doom Boy’ (Official Music Video)
Speaking of current single, ‘Doom Boy’, and its video, Bentham said that it “was without parallel the most dangerous video we’ve ever made. When we were told that all we had to do was return the ‘shell’ of the van to get half our money back, all hell broke loose. Between the roman candles, vintage mini bikes and minivan mayhem, I was quite surprised that we only had a few injuries by the end of the night. Do NOT attempt any of the antics performed in the “Doom Boy” video, you’ve been warned.”
‘Doom Boy’ followed the single/video release of, ‘Done With Drugs’, a satiric commentary on the trend of social media pageantry that comes with maturity. Brooklyn Vegan called it “a super catchy, anthemic dose of pop punk-tinged alt-rock, and they’re as funny and charismatic in this video as they are on stage.”
The Dirty Nil has previously received praise from Billboard, Stereogum, Pitchfork, and more. (NME sums it up well: “If the guitar apocalypse is coming, this lot are going to be throwing the best end of the world party around.”) They’ve opened for the likes of The Who, Against Me!, and The Menzingers.
THE DIRTY NIL – ‘Done With Drugs’ (Official Music Video)