Listen: The Dirty Nil cover April Wine’s ‘Oowatanite’ and Van Halen’s ‘Unchained’

Catch the Dirty Nil at Ottawa Bluesfest on July 12

After covering Culture Abuse’s “So Busted” and The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Head On,” The Dirty Nil have dropped You’re Welcome II, the second installment in a series of cover sets. The new collection sees the punk rockers covering April Wine’s “Oowatanite” and Van Halen’s “Unchained.”

Their rendition of “Oowatanite” feels almost reminiscent of Green Day, as frontman Luke Bentham wails the gritty rock-centric vocal lines atop a distorted guitar riff and pounding drum beat. “Unchained,” on the other hand, is more of a classic rock cover, as screeching vocal lines of the renowned Van Halen lyrics take the forefront on this head banging track.

Listen to “Oowatanite” and “Unchained” below.

The Dirty Nil Tour Dates:

July 12th – Ottawa – Bluesfest
July 26th – Montreal – 77 Festival
July 27th – Edmonton – Chaos AB
August 2nd – Buffalo – Canalside Live Series
August 10th – North Bay – Bay Block Party
August 23rd – Lethbridge – StagEX
August 24th – Calgary – The Commonwealth

Lead photo courtesy of Vanessa Heins.