This is not a greatest hits, The Dirty Nil releases Minimum R&B, a much needed collection of back catalog songs
Usually when it comes to combining punk with the ‘50s you get a dirty film of garage rock raunch that is as musty as that Guy Lombardo album sitting in your grandma’s basement. That’s what makes it so raw and in the moment. But when you have The Dirty Nil taking pop punk and incorporating it into the ‘50s you have a no holds barred of wild rock and roll fever.
Throughout the band’s career, they have released a slew of singles and EPS the built up their catalog. Minimum R&B takes the best from their back catalog and adds in an unreleased track. The album takes songs from the Dine Alone and the Fat Wreck Chords days and culminates everything in one place. It’s a great way to get to know the band and understand this is just a jumping point to a band that has no intention of making this their anthology.
From the remotely raw “Fucking Up Young,” the song introduces The Dirty Nil with some loud rock and roll. The amps get abused. The vocals shred. Luke Bentham treats the song like a testament instead of a confession.
The popular “Cinnamon” shows the band’s progression. It’s more clear and concise in their work and gives us a fuller, overall sound. The original B-side to “Cinnamon,” “Guided By Vices” is a drag race of quick beats and gasoline-infused rhythms. I listen to this song and it reminds me when I first heard Social Distortion.
These are the kinds of things you will discover (or re-discover) with Minimum R&B. Not only will you be able to track the progression of the band’s sound, but you can pick out some solid punk rock. “Pale Blue” proves that like a bloodthirsty teen out for fun.