Interview: Dilly Dally bare their teeth

Dilly DallyHere at DrunkenWerewolf, we’re drunk on Dilly Dally, and everything surrounding their upcoming debut album, Sore. Last month, we licked the salt and took our first shot when the Toronto based indie rock band released their debut single, “Desire”, a fiery track about sexual release. Not long after, the Benjamin Dabu-directed music video for “Desire” premiered and left us warm and in touch with heavy and raw emotions. You know what they say about emotions – better drink up! And of course, we can’t forget that Dilly Dally most recently dropped “Purple Rage”, another exceptional preview of what is to come from Sore. Regardless of how drunk we are, let’s make one thing clear right now: Dilly Dally is a name to be remembered.

While we wait for the album to be released, our writer Lanny Lieu speaks to lovely lead vocalist, Katie Monks, about Sore, Dilly Dally's aesthetic, and the ongoing movement for equality in the music industry.

Hey Dilly Dally! What have you all been up to recently? I saw you have some US dates lined up for tour next month! 

So, so excited for tour. Just gunning up all our gear. All our songs. Saving cash for our relentless journey into the States.

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I was listening to Sore last night and couldn't stop thinking about how consistently strong the album is as a whole. It's easily one of my favourite albums to be released this autumn. How are you guys feeling about the release?  

Feeling anxious, and excited. It's been a long journey, to get here, so there is a great sense of accomplishment. But mostly, there is this huge underlying truth behind it all that's saying, "This is just the fuckin start."

One of the first things I noticed about your forthcoming album is the art that's been associated with it. There's the cover art for "Desire" with the bloody ice cream and pink backdrop as well as the album art with the gems and the bloody tongue. What inspired you to use these two pieces?

What I can mainly speak of is the cover art for the album. It's really close to me.

I was lying in bed with one of the most free-spirited artists I know. We were in love, but also on the verge of breaking up. This image came to mind. And yeah, it was just like a vision. The oversized hunk of jewelry on a girls tongue. Pink glossy lips. Almost like a make-up commercial gone wrong. Very empowering, and sexy to me. I knew it had to be the cover of our album.

As this relationship fizzled out, we agreed to stay in touch specifically for the sake of making this image come to life. It was a really beautiful and cathartic time. Almost like we channeled whatever energy we had left for each other into this piece. And then it was over.

Dilly Dally has been together as a four-piece for a while now. How did you narrow your last couple of years worth of material into the 11 songs that made it on to Sore? Was it a difficult process?

No. It's easy for us to cut the fat, because we had such a potent vision. We could all see it. We all knew which songs were the strongest. But I guess there's this one song about falling in love with a dinosaur that I really wanted on the record. It's called "Dino-song". Haha too bad!

How did you get in touch with producers such as Josh Korody and Leon Taheny and what was it like working with them?

We knew them because we had recorded with them before. From our earlier sessions with Josh and Leon, a friendship had spawned. I really love and respect them as artists so much. When we went to mix the album with Rob in LA, it felt scary at first, like leaving the nest. But it ended up being an amazing session. Plus LA has great kush.

Are there any messages you'd like your audience to take away from listening to this record?

Listen to your gut.

Anger is positive.

Loud music is fun.

Everyone has a voice.

Look after your friends.

But seriously, there are many undertones. Many messages. If you can't understand my voice, we will be posting lyrics once the release is out.

As you might have heard, music journalist, Jessica Hopper, recently started a conversation on Twitter about misogyny and oppression in music. As a female fronted band, what are your thoughts on the marginalization of minorities in music? What do you believe can be improved upon in this industry? 

There is a movement happening. There is a change. And that is incredible to be in the midst of. So happy to be making music at this time. What can be improved upon is the tone in which we are able to discuss these issues. A person who speaks out against oppression is not doing it to get attention, or stir the media pot. They are doing it as basic self-defense, and it's not a fucking headline.

Dilly Dally will release their debut album Sore on 9th October 2015 in the UK. Check back for a review soon, and find out more about the band here.

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