New Music Discovery: Dilly Dally - "Sober Motel"

A song about being 100% not loaded

August 7, 2018

Almost eveyrone I know has some sort of relationship with alcohol.  Whether it's enjoying it, avoiding it, moderating it, drowning in it.  It's something that proliferates american culture in our movies, television commercials, and social events.  It's romanticized and vilified, and indisputably tied to the world of art, and particularly music - a subculture who's lifestyle, when fully embraced, finds one being plyed with it at nearly every turn.  On tour, at parties, in fancy meetings behind closed doors, etc.  

Enter Toronto's Dilly Dally who've penned something of a love letter to sobriety, centered around a motel experience of vocalist "Katie Monks", who shares the follwoing in regards to the track's inspiration:

“Sober Motel” is a celebration of sobriety, in the midst of an industry that is anything but. I wrote it in a motel bathroom after taking a mystical shower alone. There was something really pure about it all.

The song spawned from a sadness I had for my friend Tony (Dilly’s bass player) who was struggling with addiction. We all were realizing that being on the road had turned into volatile place for some of us, and it was heartbreaking.

In a larger sense, alcohol is so romanticized within our culture. Knowing that it can send so many people into a downward spiral, I wanted to step forward and do the opposite of that, and present people with a different image. All of this in the hopes that it would create a sort of protective layer around the band each night on stage (and anyone else who feels the same)."