We recently named Dilly Dally one of the 50 Best New Bands Of 2015 after the Toronto-based group dropped their excellent new album, Sore, last month. They released hyper-stylized, inventive videos for “Purple Rage” and “Desire,” but the new David Waldman-directed clip for “The Touch” plays it straight, which is perhaps due to the grave nature of the song’s content. Katie Monks addressed the message behind “The Touch”:
I wrote this song for a friend of mine who was having suicidal thoughts. I felt this huge sense of urgency, and wanted to nurture him in anyway I possible could: sexually, emotionally, and then finally realized that I could help him through music. It was all very instinctual. The song attempts to reach him in his dark place, and then lure him away from there. The chorus in this song is very sweet and gentle. It is meant to be comforting and remind him of romance and the softness of a woman’s touch. If that isn’t enough to live for, than I don’t know what is.
David Waldman, a Toronto-based music photographer of over ten years, is who we turned to for the music video. His direction helped us illuminate the DIY punk scene that Dilly Dally has spawned from here in our city. It is a very honest and practical video that shows the band jamming in a dusty basement, and then going on our usual run to the convenient store. The video is also laced with dark, symbolic and ghostly imagery. It is meant to be an empowering piece for women, and inspiring for those who struggle with depression.
Sore is out now via Buzz Records/Partisan Records.