Dilly Dally boast raw emotion on Sore

SoreWith mounting critical acclaim and a devoted fan base already nestled securely in their quarter; Toronto based band Dilly Dally looked set to successfully conquer 2015 before details of their debut album, Sore, were even announced. Now with the record tucked safely under Partisan Records' arm, the four-piece stare wide-eyed at international dominance and a lengthy, prosperous career.

Tension has certainly built in the run up to the release of this full length. With lead singles "Desire" and "Purple Rage" putting in a lot of the leg work, and blogs bowing at their every whim, Dilly Dally have already carved out a reputation as a band who have mastered their craft and are ready to take on the world. As with the quartet's previously released material, Sore manipulates a loud/quiet dynamic with the sheer audacity of a band formed in a Seattle basement circa 1994. Influences such as Kurt Cobain and Pixies have predictably been bandied about, but Sore is simultaneously timeless and rooted in US rock culture. That Dilly Dally fermented over a twelve year period, beginning with the high school friendship of band members Katie Monks and Liz Ball, is testament to the longevity of their music.

Sore captures the spirit of Dilly Dally - something that should come as no surprise to those who have thus far followed the act. While "Desire" acts as an opener and touchstone for the established fan, following track "Ballin Chain" successfully connects with the grrrl party scene and bands such as Chastity Belt. Elsewhere front woman Katie Monks' vocal explodes and implodes all over "Snake Head", a nonchalant snarl that puts the singer in the same ballpark as Courtney BarnettSore does classic punk too, clearly demonstrated on the rowdy, chorus led "The Touch" and dual vocal "Green".

Taken in one dose this album is a strong punch to the gut of love and lust, but every now and again a sort of comfortable laziness infects Dilly Dally's sound. It shouldn't be overlooked, because it's just as much a strength as the empowering emotion so many other critics have touched upon. In Sore Dilly Dally have created a seminal slacker rock meets grunge punk album for the 21st century, and frankly we only want more if it's coming from them.

Release: 9th October 2015, Partisan Records


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