‘Cinnamon’ Challenge: Toronto’s the Dirty Nil just released one pissed-off alt-rock anthem

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Boston has some making up to do with the Dirty Nil. Last time the Toronto alt-rock trio was in town, they were supposed to play Tasty Burger, before Tasty Burger decided like an hour before their set time that Tasty Burger didn’t wanna have shows anymore. So they never played. Oh, shit, remember all that?

Well, the Dirty Nil are back on the road, and to celebrate a summer jaunt that eventually comes to O’Brien’s Pub on August 20 — no chance of that joint pulling the plug mid-show — they’ve dropped a devastatingly handsome new track titled “Cinnamon.” Noisey says it’ll be out via the band’s upcoming 7-inch with Fat Wreck Chords, out August 19 (pre-order it here), and it’s a sign of pretty great things to come.

We’ll try to not jump to any conclusions here, but “Cinnamon” is pretty rad. It might be the best thing to happen to Toronto since the Blue Jays dropped the black and reverted to the classic logo, color scheme, and uniforms.

The Dirty Nil’s sludgy guitar-work is perfectly noisy and turned way the fuck up, the hook is insanely catchy in a beautifully ’91 sort-of way, and hell, when frontman/guitarist Luke Bentham shouts out “You can be pissed off if you want to,” we just think of the scene at Tasty Burger back in February.

Check out “Cinnamon” below, as well as some Dirty Nil’s tour dates, and mark that O’Brien’s show on your calendar; the Dirty Nil will be joined by current “grunge revival” darlings Sneeze, Western Mass punks Blessed State, and fellow Torontonians Greys. We’re surprised the Blue Jays aren’t in town as well.

The Dirty Nil Summer Tour
7/5 – Toronto ON – Sneaky Dee’s
7/8 – Detroit, MI – The Rockery
7/9 – Chicago IL – Schwag City
7/10 – Minneapolis MN – Midway House
7/11 – Lincoln NE – Duffy’s Tavern
7/12 – Denver CO – Meadowlark
7/13 – Salt Lake City – Shred Shed
7/15 – Olympia WA – The Northern
7/16 – Seattle WA – Highline
7/17 – Portland OR – Katie O’Briens
7/18 – Sacramento CA – Cafe Colonial
7/20 – San Francisco CA – Honey Hive
7/21 – Oakland CA – The Nightlight
7/22 – San Jose CA – The Rock Shop
7/25 – San Diego CA – Soda Bar
7/26 – Phoenix AZ – Trunk Space
7/29 – Austin TX – Beerland
7/30 – New Orleans – Gasa Gasa
7/31 – Atlanta GA – Wonder Root
8/1 – Nashville TN – East Room
8/3 – Cleveland OH- TBA
8/20 – Allston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub