Who is Dilly Dally?

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch My Chemical Romance on their reunion tour, you might have seen Dilly Dally as one of the opening acts for select dates. The Canadian grunge act started when vocalist Enda Monks and lead guitarist Liz Ball met in high school. After self-releasing their first single in 2013, they were joined by bassist Anna Jane Marie and drummer Benjamin Reinhartz. Dilly Dally scored a positive review from famously hard-to-please Pitchfork and were on the rise when they released their first full-length album Sore in October of 2015. At the end of the decade, Sore came in at No. 32 on Exclaim! magazine’s "50 Best Canadian Albums of the 2010s" list.

Dilly Dally performs "Desire" on KEXP in Seattle


Relentless touring in support of the debut album stretched the band thin, however, and they decided to take a break rather than permanently break up the band. Enda Monks told Vice in 2018, “Dilly Dally, from the beginning, has always been about friendship, so when those friendships started to deteriorate on tour, it felt like it was the end.”


After taking some time for themselves and their mental health, they were able to regroup for their next album. Heaven was released in September of 2018, and addressed some of the difficulties Dilly Dally went through as a band. Speaking to Billboard, Enda explains that “Doom” — the third single off the album — was about the pressure they all felt while touring through Europe while also dealing with various personal issues. “We’re in it for the long haul, and it has to make sense for us with our lives, otherwise the art will suffer. Our mental health, what’s the point in doing it, if you’re just going to self-destruct?” the lead singer asserts.

Dilly Dally performs "Doom" for CBC Music


As with everyone, the COVID-19 pandemic put tour plans for 2020 on hold, but they’ve been back on the road, and if social media is any indication, having a much better time. Dilly Dally’s Twitter timeline is full of fans sharing the supportive words My Chemical Romance has said about their opening act while touring together. And the love is mutual, with the band tweeting that they’re obsessed with MCR fans.

Dilly Dally tweets about My Chemical Romance fans

Dilly Dally has one more show opening for My Chemical Romance at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California on October 12, and then a hometown show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario on December 10, in support of Anti-Flag.

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Last updated: 5 Dec 2022, 04:26 Etc/UTC