“Done With Drugs” The Dirty Nil

Those fine lads from Hamilton, Ontario, the Dirty Nil, is comprised of singer/guitarist Luke Bentham, bassist Ross Miller, and drummer Kyle Fisher. The band have logged tens of thousands of miles, and still live together, how about that, for a group of level-headed folks? As a result, the Nil have been able to regularly convene and put the finishing touches on their forthcoming release, and follow-up to their 2018 Juno Award-nominated Master Volume – without having to worry about social distancing, face masks, or their 40-minute Zoom time limit running out. In the meantime you can enjoy their latest single/video “Done With Drugs.”

Luke Bentham on making the video:

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder on the set of a video. From Kyle’s karate moves, to the drone camera crashing through the warehouse and nearly killing us, this video captures the mayhem and spirit of our band in a special way.

The lyrics about quitting drugs shouldn’t be taken at face value.

“At this time in my life, I see a lot of people who are trying to stop doing cocaine or stop drinking rivers of liquor, or stop eating lots of shitty fast food. On Facebook, I see these posts from people declaring, “I’m done with this!” — they’ll have a six-paragraph post about how they’re changing their lives. I’m definitely not against self-betterment, and I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s struggle; I’m just kind of amused and fascinated by that whole aspect of social media. Like someone will post, “I’m done drinking coffee!” Okay, well then just stop drinking coffee — you don’t have to try to stop the internet for the day to tell everybody that you’re done with Maxwell House! I find that funny, and somewhat narcissistic. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m kind of an asshole!” – Luke Bentham