Hamilton, Ontario punk rockers The Dirty Nil have shared a new track called “Done With Drugs.”
Inspired by frontman Luke Bentham’s entry into his 30s, and the changes that surround that, the track explores performative self-care. The power-pop anthem comes packed with punchy riffs and catchy hooks, as Bentham sings lines like, “At seventeen I had a dream I’d never die/ But now I’ve got responsibilities and that is why/ I’m done with drugs.”
“At this time in my life, I see a lot of people who are trying to stop doing cocaine or stop drinking rivers of liquor, or stop eating lots of shitty fast food,” Bentham explains. “On Facebook, I see these posts from people declaring, ‘I’m done with this!’ – they’ll have a six-paragraph post about how they’re changing their lives. I’m definitely not against self-betterment, and I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s struggle; I’m just kind of amused and fascinated by that whole aspect of social media.”
Listen to “Done With Drugs” and check out a live performance video of the track below.