Review: Dilly Dally – ‘Sore’

Every bit as raw and scathing as its title suggests, ‘Sore’ is a venture through intense emotion and passions stripped bare. With songs dating from the start of the band’s eight year history right up into the present, this debut is a chronicle of the band that created it along with everything that made them who they are. ‘Sore’ is the very essence of Dilly Dally – an introduction that tears through every barrier to introduce the group, warts and all.

Like a habit that can’t be kicked, Dilly Dally place themselves firmly on the edge of disaster. Their ability to remain in complete control of the wildest and most savage of emotions makes them effortlessly captivating. Katie Monks’ words are ripped straight from her vocal chords, rasping as they lay out the most intimate of affections along thundering percussion and searing guitar solos.

Straddling the borderline between garage, punk rock, and something else entirely, Dilly Dally have arrived with something brand new. Opening track ‘Desire’ pummels with a thrilling addiction. Delicate, breathy verses echo with a hair-raising vulnerability until the feeling takes complete control in the track’s explosive choruses.

‘Snake Head’ meanders with it’s own torment before it drags the rest of the world kicking and screaming with it. ‘Purple Rage’ combines stadium-ready refrains with larger-than-life drumbeats to showcase the band at their most incitingly anthemic. ‘Witch Man’ takes a turn for the more alternative with sprawling solos, dainty whispers, and chillingly wild howls. Closing track ‘Burned By The Cold’ sees Monks’ characteristically coarse vocals soar over an elegant piano melody to present a whole new side to the band’s capabilities.

“Just because my heart is green doesn’t mean it’s new,” Monks echoes on ‘Green’. Indeed, Dilly Dally aren’t newcomers, but they’ve crafted a debut as refreshing as can be.

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