THE DIRTY NIL – “NICER GUY”
The Dirty Nil, Ontario’s rock ‘n’ roll torchbearers, are emerging with their fourth album, Free Rein to Passions, and it’s a return to a more reckless approach for the JUNO Award-winning trio. On the album’s catchy first single, “Nicer Guy,” The Nil reminds listeners that they also still wield the power to stitch a perfect, infectious pop hook into their rock fabric.
“Gather round everyone, can you hear me in the back? Be excellent to others and cut yourself a little slack,” commands vocalist Luke Bentham, who crafted the song from guitar parts he had spent a long time with, “husbanding them for a suitably righteous song.”
“I’d been sitting on some of the guitar parts for a long time, husbanding them for a suitably righteous song. In the depths of lockdown, I dusted them off and came up with the words. It was a happy day in an otherwise lonely time. Special shoutout to Kyle’s extremely tight playing and Sam’s stampeding elephant bass. Sincerity can feel uncomfortable, but this one feels right.”
The Dirty Nil
(Dine Alone Records)
Release Date: April 14, 2023