The Dirty Nil have dropped a video for their new single, “Done With Drugs.” The video sees the trio smash up bongs and platters of cocaine, set fire to hamburgers, share childhood photos, and dance like nobody’s watching.
The Ontario band haven’t had to break any social-distancing rules to make the video—or work on their new album—as they all live together, and it sounds like they had a blast making it. Vocalist and guitarist Luke Bentham comments, “I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder on the set of a video. From Kyle’s karate moves to the drone camera crashing through the warehouse and nearly killing us, this video captures the mayhem and spirit of our band in a special way.”
The new single might seem like it’s got a positive, motivational message on the surface, but the meaning behind the song is a little more sarcastic, as Bentham says, “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. 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!” OK, 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!”
Watch the video below, and buy the single on seven-inch, baby-blue vinyl (with a B-side cover of Tom Petty’s “Even the Losers.”) here.