Sounds Like: An unleashed id with a sick distortion pedal
For Fans of: Nirvana, the Pixies, PJ Harvey
Why You Should Pay Attention: The Toronto four-piece's blazing full-length debut, Sore, has earned rave reviews, and their live show turned heads at this year's CMJ festival. "It feels more natural for me to be onstage than it feels anywhere else in my life — it's like the opposite of stage fright," says singer-guitarist Katie Monks, who founded Dilly Dally with guitarist Liz Ball, her best friend from high school. "It's like an alternate life where you can speak a language that's a lot more free." Along with powerful originals like "Snake Head" and "The Touch," their recent sets have included a memorably surly cover of Drake's "Know Yourself." "Nobody here calls Toronto 'the 6' at all," Monks notes. "So there's a layer of sarcasm to the cover. But it's still a fucking awesome song! Drake is so honest about being lame that it's endearing."
They Say: Monks says her vocal cords are doing just fine, thank you, despite some concern-trolling she's encountered lately. "I resent the people who wrote about the record, like, 'Let's see how her voice holds up on tour,'" she says. "I'm like, what the hell?! I've been playing shows for six years. I just do my half-assed vocal warm-up of singing Sinead O'Connor before we go onstage, and that's it, really."
Hear for Yourself: "Purple Rage" finds post-breakup liberation in a rowdy mosh pit. "This relationship I was in fizzled out, and I was left with these negative feelings that I wasn't good enough," Monks says. "That song is me fantasizing about a new life and a new Katie." Simon Vozick-Levinson