Dilly Dally – Trees Dallas – 10.24.18

Dilly Dally

Dallas, TX – 10.24.18

Photos and words by Zoe Dillman

Punks from across Dallas poured into Trees Wednesday night in anticipation of seeing FIDLAR. As kids walked in out of the pouring rain, opener The Side Eyes started their set. The Side Eyes is a gritty four-piece from Southern California that embodies the DIY spirit. Singer Astrid McDonald jumped back and forth across the stage as she snarled the lyrics to songs like “I Hate Dates” and “Catcall“. The band’s onstage energy was very fast-paced and upbeat, similar to bands like Turnstile or Angel Du$t. This was the band’s first time playing Texas, I hope to see them in Dallas again soon.

The mood of the crowd turned from aggressive to adoration when Dilly Dally started to play. The Toronto-based band recently returned from a hiatus and released their second full length via Partisan Records in September. Many of the songs off the album, titled “Heaven“, are powerful declarations of hope and optimism following the hiatus. For example, the band played “I Feel Free“, a representation of the band’s new optimistic vision for the future. The band has a consistently mellow but potent sound in all their songs, paired with a celestial stage presence.

At about 9 pm, headliner FIDLAR took to the stage to churn the crowd into total disorder. Bodies flew across the room as the SoCal punks strummed along to favorites such as “40oz. On Repeat“, “Stoked and Broke“, and “Max Can’t Surf“. The band opened with a new song “Alcohol“, their first original song to be released in three years. The band is set to release their third full length, “Too Real” via Mom+Pop records next year.

There are plenty more dates of The Disease Tour left, remaining stops are listed below.

11/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/03 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/04 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
11/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
11/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/10 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
11/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/13 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
11/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
11/15 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/17 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!