One half of Dilly Dally knew each other before they became a band, and the Torontonian alt rockers prove that when it comes to nonstop touring, being friends has its benefits. Below, Katie Monks talks opening for Grouplove, how the band stays entertained on long drives to the next show, and why you should take karaoke seriously.
Dilly Dally founders Katie Monks and Liz Ball became friends at the age of fourteen, and though they partied hard AF in high school, they had it together and decided to form a band. Flash forward to 2016, where the four-piece pop-punkish group has won us over with Sore, their debut album. We caught up with Katie, who was game to bypass most of the typical blah-blah music journalism questions and tell us what goes on behind the scenes instead.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Sonically, it’s clear that you’re the perfect choice for Grouplove’s opening act. How does it feel to be on tour with them?
We’d never heard of Grouplove before they started repping us online. Then we were like, “Whoooa, these artists are cool and famous and stuff!” Now, from watching them live every night, we’ve definitely become fans.
You’ve been a fixture of the Toronto music scene for years. What has it been like venturing into the U.S. landscape? Have there been any surprises, or was it basically what you expected?
It’s pretty unreal, like, how greasy the food is here. Next level.
What’s your go-to karaoke song and why?
We don’t f*ck with “go-to” songs. It’s all about what you feel in the moment, you know? Pissed about journalism? Sing Eminem‘s “Way I Am”. Just came from a funeral? Celine Dion‘s “New Day Has Come”. That’s how we roll!
What’s the most unique venue you’ve ever played?
My favorite weird one was this abandoned powerhouse in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They had a disco ball shaped like a skull….it was kind of this art collective space with cats living there and stuff.
Any backstage rituals?
We blast Future, drink whiskey-Red Bull, and dance all sexy-like.
What do you do in the car when you’re driving from show to show?
I host a Mad-Libs game in the car. Everyone just spews out a bunch of dirty words and I plug them all into a beautiful story.
Who is the first to annoy everyone else?
For the most part, I am super annoying. Pretty extroverted — I always say whats on my mind. The other guys are more to themselves.
Who is the peacekeeper?
I feel like Ben is the peacekeeper. He’s got a pretty steady vibe. Liz is the hustler; she really gets shit done.
Who always kills the bag of chips?
Ben or myself.
What makes a cool pop song?
Cool pop songs are just not boring, I guess. I just watched a lot of Beatles documentaries growing up!
If a new listener wants to discover you, what should they hear first?
I would say start with “Desire”. We released that as the first single for a reason — it feels like a fresh start, and channels some of the more youthful feelings that one might find on the record. Oh, yeah — and listen loud. Very, very loud.
You can catch Dilly Dally on tour with Grouplove here!