The Dirty Nil have shared a new single titled “Done With Drugs,” a tongue-in-cheek ode to pledges of self-improvement.

“Done With Drugs” delivers soaring pop-punk sheen, the kind of alternative-anthem that might be a Warped Tour-style answer to arena rock. Vocalist/guitarist Luke Bentham opens the track with an assessment of his wayward lifestyle, “born to raise a holler, bred to break the rules / I don’t pray to Jesus or even wear a suit.” Even after adamantly swearing off drugs in the chorus, it becomes clear he might not be so sincere.

“At this time in my life, I see a lot of people who are trying to stop doing cocaine or stop drinking rivers of liquor, or stop eating lots of shitty fast food,” Bentham says. “On Facebook, I see these posts from people declaring, ‘I’m done with this!’ – they’ll have a six-paragraph post about how they’re changing their lives. I’m definitely not against self-betterment, and I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s struggle; I’m just kind of amused and fascinated by that whole aspect of social media. Like someone will post, ‘I’m done drinking coffee!’ Okay, well then just stop drinking coffee – you don’t have to try to stop the internet for the day to tell everybody that you’re done with Maxwell House! I find that funny, and somewhat narcissistic. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m kind of an asshole!”

“Done With Drugs” owes its existence in part to a tour with White Reaper, who had just got off the road with The Killers and helped etch the riff from “Mr. Brightside” into Bentham’s mind, and The Dirty Nil’s fortune of having all band members living together through the Covid-19 pandemic to work on new music without concern.

The track is available on 7″ vinyl from Dine Alone Records with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Even The Losers” as the B-side.

Stream or purchase “Done With Drugs” here.


Cameron Carr's writing has appeared in New Noise Magazine, Tuned Up, Susbtream Magazine, and The Deli, among other publications.

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