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.”