The Dirty Nil have released a mind-expanding animated video for their song “Damage Control”. 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 new album Fuck Art, which was released on the very first day of 2021 via Dine Alone Records.
Director/Animator Greg Doble says of the piece:
“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.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.