By: Staff –
Hamilton, ON-based rockers The Dirty Nil have released a mind-expanding animated video for their song “Damage Control”, which can be watched below. The band members visit a mythical wizard who shows them their futures; full of brutality, gold records & a plethora of easter eggs.
The track appears on the band’s brand new album, Fuck Art, which was released on the very first day of 2021 via Dine Alone Records.
About the video, director/animator Greg Doble said, “Damage Control is a song that touches upon the both the hard moments in life, as well as our individual perception of those moments. We all want to run “damage control” when things aren’t going our way, but the reality of the situation is different in the minds of each person involved. I was quite drawn to the line “beware the things you wanna feel, ‘cause that don’t mean they’re real”. To me, this line speaks to our ability as people to gravitate towards feelings, or our own personal bias, but in the process losing touch with a shared, concrete reality.
For the music video, I wanted to break those two pieces of the song along very literal lines: There is the peril that each band member experiences, but on the other hand, we keep being pulled back out of a dream state and left wondering if any of this is real. The personal bias is made literal by the fact that the wizard in the story is toying with The NILs perception of reality and the possible future.”
Fuck Art is a statement of confidence and defiance from a group that’s now three albums into the game. The Dirty Nil have opted to perfect the formula that, over the past decade, has landed them on stages with everyone from Against Me! to The Who. Fuck Art melts down all of their favorite ingredients—classic-rock heroism, pop-punk horsepower, ‘80s indie scrappiness, ‘90s alterna-crunch, speed-metal adrenaline—into a radiant, chromatic solution they can then mould and harden into unpredictable shapes.