Meet: The Dirty Nil


I am always cautious when using comparisons to discuss the musical output of a new band. Sometimes it can take away from the hard work and originality the band has tried to bring to their sound. But other times it can build excitement and help lure curious listeners into the web. I will say this about The Dirty Nil: Holy crap do they ever take me back to the late 80s – early 90s Minneapolis punk scene – Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and okay I’ll say it – The Replacements. There’s even a bit of 7 Seconds or Fugazi in the Dirty Nil soup bowl. Hell, they have a song called “Wrestle You to Husker Du”.

It’s all here folks, savage guitars, crashing drums, shattered – screaming vocals and drunken harmonies. All in songs you can either raise a glass to, or just guzzle through a funnel – your choice. Hailing from Dundas, Ontario – just a few minutes down the road from Hamilton – home of punk greats Teenage Head, The Dirty Nil describe their music as “gravel-in-your guts, spit-in-your-eye, staggering, bloodthirsty rock and roll”. Whatever it is, it’s a beautiful racket that’s for sure.

The lads were kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

• Where did the name come from?

It sounded good and troubled parents

• Our sound might be best described as….

Stadium trash

• We are…..

Luke Bentham: Guitar and Vocals
Kyle Fisher: Drums
Dave Nardi: Bass

• We are originally from…..

Dundas, Ontario, Canada.

• The first time we met was…..


• We knew we were going to be a Band when………

We practiced together the first time in 2009.

• Before starting the band we were…….

On our way to bright futures.

• The first song we wrote was…….

Under the Orchids

• It’s about……

Chasing death

• What we are currently listening to….

Teenage Kicks; Greys, Born Wrong, TV Freaks

• For fun we like to…..

Watch movies.

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us…..

“I’m never gonna get this time back”

Expect…………… From us in 2014

Multiple releases including 7″s from our record club, here’s a link:


Stay tuned for Canadian and American touring announcements


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The other one in the gutter

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