Juno Award Winners The Dirty Nil Announce New Album, Premiere Raucous 'Bathed In Light': Exclusive

Vanessa Heins
The Dirty Nil

When Canadian classic rock devotees The Dirty Nil first made waves in the early 2010s, they kept fans in suspense with a flurry of singles and EPs, waiting until 2016 to finally release their first full length. Two years and one Juno Award (2017’s Breakthrough Group of the Year) later, a new LP from the rabble-rousing trio is becoming an annual occurrence: their appropriately-titled third album Master Volume is due Sept. 14 on Dine Alone Records. 

First, the Hamilton, Ontario band is back with “Bathed in Light,” which will appear on the album and is exclusively premiering on Billboard today (June 7). It's inspired by a death dream that guitarist-vocalist Luke Bentham had. "On tour in England, I kept napping in the back seat of the sprinter,” he recounts to Billboard. “One dream, involving a fiery roundabout death, shocked me to consciousness and put me in jittery mood. I wrote down some nonsense on the back of a guitar string package and put a stomper of a riff to it at soundcheck.”

Guitars revving for the open road, Bentham howls his own epitaph in the chorus -- “I bathed in light, went out with a smile” -- before saying hello to Elvis and Jesus. This one’s for the fans who are eager for new records from modern day jean jacket rockers like Pup and White Reaper, but also those who'd appreciate a gritty, respectful cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” (which the Dirty Nil delivered earlier this year).

Looking to make their sound “less of a sprint and more of a strut” (as Bentham puts it) the Dirty Nil (also comprised of bassist Ross Miller and drummer Kyle Fisher) recorded the record with renowned indie rock producer John Goodmanson, whose credits include Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Los Campesinos!, and Death Cab For Cutie. The new album follows last year’s Minimum R&B and 2016’s Higher Power.

Check out “Bathed in Light” below.