Returning for their first headlining Nashville show, after an impressive turn supporting FIDLAR last fall, Toronto grungy alt rock outfit Dilly Dally have been experiencing a well-deserved second phase of widespread critical acclaim since the release of their brilliant sophomore LP, Heaven, last year, a more than worthy followup to 2015 breakout debut Sore. Set to headline The Basement East on March 25, the group will be joined by fellow Canadian up and comer Chastity, whose 2018 full-length debut, Death Lust, has helped bring the genre-bending, DIY spirited project a broader wave of recognition. Fans of punk-forged, raw, and earnest underground rock will absolutely want to make this show a priority, and tickets are still available right here while they last! Or, if you’d rather leave it to chance, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.
Bonded by a mutual love of grunge rock, and forged in the flourishing Toronto underground punk scene while still in high school, grungy alt rockers Dilly Dally found widespread critical acclaim and worldwide attention for their excellent debut LP, Sore, in 2015. As their DIY roots gave way to broader success, however, it also amplified personal struggle and inter-band turmoil, nearly ending the promising group before they really had a chance to flourish. After a year spent largely writing alone in self-reflection, frontperson Katie Monks regrouped with her bandmates, guitarist Liz Ball, bassist Jimmy Tony, and drummer Benjamin Reinhartz, to craft the album that not only kept them together, but eschewed anger and frustration for a newfound optimism and hopeful intensity, a figurative rebirth they appropriately called Heaven, which was helmed by famed producer Rob Schnapf. Of the many groups to adopt a sort of throwback, grunge-infused sound in recent years, Dilly Dally are without a doubt one of the best, most earnest, wide-ranging, and nuanced (and not just because they incorporate more droning, sharp, and adventurous elements than most), and if they haven’t yet landed on your radar, give them a spin immediately, then catch the band’s headlining debut in Music City to really experience their fierce, resonant songs firsthand.
The musical alias of underground artist Brandon Williams, who hails from the working class town of Whitby, Ontario, deep into the suburban sprawl of Toronto, Chastity is a project both emblematic and shaped by the isolated, disconnected, and pent up existence of suburban living. Navigating the realms of punk, garage rock, indie pop, post-hardcore, and shoegaze, Chastity began as a thoroughly DIY, homegrown affair, even hosting their first show ever in Williams’ bedroom, and continuing to embrace their suburban existence by performing and throwing events in unorthodox spaces. Early demos, EPs, and tapes, coupled with live appearances with the likes of Priests, Fucked Up, and Metz, helped earned Chasity broader recognition, as well as a record deal with indie label Captured Tracks, who released the project’s angsty, youthful, earnest, and resonant full-length debut, Death Lust, last year. Like Dilly Dally, Chastity should strike a chord with fans of emotionally nuanced and raw music, with punk flair and broad aesthetic influence. Be sure to show up early!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Friday, March 22 at 8 a.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Dilly Dally and Chastity will perform Monday, March 25 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $13-15.