With a title as attesting as ‘Fuck Art’, it’s safe to say that The Dirty Nil aren’t pulling any punches on their third full-length.
Touching on a more celebratory viewpoint compared to the nihilism and revenge tinged narratives of their previous two records, ‘Fuck Art’ (polarising title aside) is the trio’s most accessible release yet.
That’s not to say that The Dirty Nil have traded their punk rock sound for a completely different genre, as the thrash fuelled opener ‘Doom Boy’ proudly displays. Armed with lightening fast riffs, an urgent energy and Luke Bentham‘s barking vocals, the track kicks the record off in a breathless fashion.
Following up with ‘Blunt Force Concussion’, a more melodic approach is taken, with wide choruses and bittersweet lyrics peppering the power pop track. Swinging between punk rock floor fillers and crowd-friendly sing-along choruses, the first half of ‘Fuck Art’ sees The Dirty Nil tighten up all aspects of their sound whilst adding slight deviations.
As ‘Done With Drugs’ embraces a new sound, delivering a radio-friendly chorus defies the narrative that drives the track. Highlighting the main qualities of the record, the song delivers a more refined group. Again, the same can be said for follow up tracks ‘Ride Or Die’ and ‘Hang Yer Moon’, as both deliver thrash metal flavoured punk rock and power pop melodies in equal measure.
Whilst the record does embrace new influences and delivers a solid run of tracks, as the latter half of the record plays through, the energy slightly drops. Whilst these songs follow the same blueprint as their predecessors, they do fall into the background.
Closing the record with ‘To The Guy Who Stole My Bike’ and ‘One More And The Bill’, a more wider sound is chosen. With the former approaching the trio’s warped version of a ballad and the latter hinting a much larger sound than before, ‘Fuck Art’ closes on an unexpected note.
The Dirty Nil may not have changed too much about their sound compared to previous records, but that being said, they didn’t need to. By streamlining their structures and tinkering with the right areas, ‘Fuck Art’ isn’t a perfect record, but it continues to push The Dirty Ni to the forefront of punk rock.