Dilly Dally



by claygurnz USER (3 Reviews)
January 21st, 2016 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very enjoyable debut LP from Toronto's Dilly Dally

To put it bluntly, Toronto four piece Dilly Dally sound a heck of a lot like the Pixies at times. To put it mildly, this is hardly a bad thing. The group’s Facebook and Twitter pages label the band as ‘softgrunge’, but to lump them in the never ending line of bands who have attempted to be ‘grunge’ and come across as insincere (cough, Bush & Creed, cough) * would be selling them short.’

Yet, there will always certain traits of a band’s sound that are easily identifiable with what has come before. Quite simply, Dilly Dally are not pioneers in their field. Far from it. In fact, if one was to describe lead singer Katie Monks’ vocals, ‘Courtney Love with Laryngitis’ would be rather apt. Despite this, she more than holds her own, her blistering, horse vocals soaring above the crashing of the rest of the band behind her. The track ‘Purple Rage’ is perhaps the best example of such, with its punishing, slightly Siamese Dream sounding guitar riff leading the charge, driving the song into a raucous chorus in which Monks belts ‘You don’t know me, you don’t know me mannnn’, sounding like a spoilt sixteen year old complaining to her parents after she comes home past curfew. However, it sounds glorious, and is a real highlight of the album, along with opening track Desire, which while being the biggest Pixies imitation, is arguably the catchiest and best written song on the album.

As many bands do on their debut albums, Dilly Dally end up sounding the same after track 6, with the tracks following it generally decreasing in quality and originality, only to be redeemed by a closer that isn’t typical of what has come before. On Sore, the closing track ‘Burned by the Cold’ sees Monks going full raspy, with just a simple piano line to accompany her. In many ways, the stripped down nature of the track exposes her voice for what it is; raw, undefined, dare I say it, a bit ugly. But it also shows humility, and allows her to convey a fuller range of emotions than has previously been displayed. The contrast between the soft piano and her brutal vocals is wonderful, and is certainly among the best moments on the LP.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of 90’s angst ridden rock, such as Nirvana and the Pixies. Does this come even close? Hell no, but it is still a highly enjoyable listen.

*DISCLAIMER: The author quite enjoys the work of Bush and Creed. Far from every song is good, but there are a few decent tracks on most of their albums. Except for Sixteen Stone, that album is killer, and if you don’t agree, then I’ll fight ya. As for Creed..yeah I ain’t got no defence.

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January 20th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

First review guys, let me know what you think. Constructive bollocking, I mean criticism, is more than welcome.

January 21st 2016


Only know Desire but it is a great song

January 21st 2016


I can only assume the 'to put it bluntly/to put it mildly' was for effect, though it does make the first couple of sentences read a bit weird. Pretty good review though dude, pos'd :]
That album cover makes me wince. Can't look at it for long.

January 21st 2016


Nice first review--I thought this band was going to get more attention last year. They really do sound like the Pixies fronted by Courtney Love.

January 21st 2016


That sleeve really doesn't scream grunge

January 21st 2016


Lol, covers awful

January 21st 2016


Album Rating: 3.0

oh cool this album got a review. decent review but the disclaimer really isnt necessary haha

January 21st 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

Haha yeah pretty silly. Not gonna get rid of it though because I'm planning to do more reviews in the future, and hopefully I can look back and laugh at it.

September 17th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

This was a top 5 of 2015 for me, and their earlier EPs are fantastic.

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