Review of Dilly Dally + NOBRO at Bar Le Ritz on March 18, 2019
There was a time when men were the only ones who could rock…supposedly. That’s a load of a bad burrito aftermath.
Exhibit A: NOBRO (Montreal)
Sarah Dion was insane on drums. She was in the pocket and provided the foundation for the songs. When your drum kit needs attention, you signal for the band to keep the song going while you fix it, then complete the song without missing a beat…awesome.
Karolane is probably the reserved one, but the sounds that she extracted from that guitar was something to hear. It’s one thing to go all hard and rock out, but on songs like “17”, there is very intricate sound that shows true talent.
Lisandre Bourdages took care of the keys, bongos and the awesome cowbell that Bruce Dickinson would be proud of.
Kathryn McCaughey on bass and vocals took charge and delivered some great vocals coupled with high energy.
They finished their set with a rousing rendition of the classic MC5 song “Kick Out The Jams” which started a small mosh pit in front of the stage.
Yeah…these girls can rock.
Exhibit B: Dilly Dally (Toronto)
Katie Monks is something of a powerhouse. If you try to dissect Dilly Dally’s influences, you will no doubt hear bands like Nirvana, Pixies, Distillers and others.
The reason Katie is a force to be reckoned with can best be described as a singer that is holding in a hurricane. Yeah, you can scream all day long, but that doesn’t make you strong. Like the Pixies loud quiet loud technique, Katie will let that hurricane like growl out like a vicious dog ready to attack yet reign it in and tame it into a cute puppy you just want to pet. That is true strength…balancing that growl with softness.
The band started with “I Feel Free” from their latest release Heaven. This latest album is showing a band that is maturing and really developing their sound and making it their own. This is the ear worm song that has been with me all week, leading up to this show.
Dilly Dally made sure to play some of the hits from their Sore 2015 release, including “Purple Rage”, “The Touch” and the song that brought down the house to end the set “Desire”.
Throughout, Liz Ball kept that guitar layer sounding full, as both Liz and Katie would create this wall of sound that only Katie’s voice could break through.
Jimmy Tony kept a tight bassline to complement Benjamin Reinhartz on drums.
The encore was comprised of “Bad Biology” and “Heaven.”
It might be easy to say that Dilly Dally sound like the bands they admire. I could just picture Kurt Cobain, standing on the side of the stage in the darkness, just immersed in the sound. He would feel the urge to join the band, to share in this sonic experience, but instead, he just soaks up the sounds and nods in approval. Kurt would no doubt say that what he appreciated from the show tonight was that great music might be rough and heavy, but it has to have a soul. It’s not enough to scream, you have to have something to say and you have to say it with meaning and confidence.
Dilly Dally has that confidence to embrace the sound they have created and own it. It’s not borrowed from other bands…it’s the evolution of that sound.
Kurt would also love the Flying V guitar. I told Katie after the show that the Flying V is punk rock. She explained that it was to buck the trend of all the Toronto bands trying to look cool with their guitar choices.
So, at the end of a night of intensity, it is clear to the capacity filled Bar Le Ritz that not only can women rock, they can forge their own path and have the confidence that their voices are heard…and loved.
Here’s hoping more women take up an instrument and bring their creative powers to the stage.