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CMJ Interview: Dilly Dally

After a few singles and a 7-inch, Toronto’s Dilly Dally is set to release their anticipated debut LP on October 9. This release is twelve years in the making, considering that vocalist/guitarist Katie Monks and guitarist Liz Bell have been bonding over their shared admiration for the “lackadaisical sorrow” of artists like Kurt Cobain, Christopher Owens, and Pete Doherty since their school days.

The result is grungy garage rock tinged with a sugary pop edge, pretty perfectly encapsulated by their album art: an ice-cream cone with blood running down the side. They remind me of Renee Zellweger’s performance at the end of Empire Records, if she were to suddenly develop an affinity for Sonic Youth and the Pogues. All in all, it’s great, or as they say, “All that and a bag of weed.”

We’re really thrilled to have Dilly Dally on board for our CMJ line-up, so thrilled that we asked Katie to answer a few questions:

The band’s bio says that Katie and Liz met years ago in high school – how does it feel to be releasing your debut LP together all these years later?

It’s pretty adorable. I dunno. I mean like, at least we know we haven’t been wasting our time hangin’ out and dreaming about music all these years.

How have your musical taste and style grown since then?

Grown a lot. We don’t have guilty pleasures anymore. We openly love pop music. But then the flip side is how immersed we have been in Toronto’s music scene. Noise, industrial, grunge, drone–these are the shows that make us feel most at home.



What lessons have you learned along the way?

Look out for your friends. Hustle Hustle Hustle. Don’t sweat the little stuff.

This is your second CMJ – how did last year go? What are you hoping for this year?

Last year was awesome! Really fun, but this year we have more fans and shit, so I think the vibes will be glorious.

Any bands on the line-up that you’re specifically stoked to perform alongside?

Perfect Pussy of course. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

What’s next after the album release?

Touring the planet. Meeting more artists. Never stop writing.

Mandy Brownholtz

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