Review Joseph Leroux Photos Jack Perry
A small crowd was treated to an excellent one-two punch of heavy sets at Lucky Bar on Tuesday October 11th. Featuring Victoria’s own long-standing bass guitar and drum enigma Bloody Wilma as well as Toronto grunge-lifers Dilly Dally - who are fighting their way down the last stretch of a huge North American tour - the two groups delivered praiseworthy, if disparate performances.
Rob Anderson and Conor Matthews have been performing as Bloody Wilma for over a decade, in small theatres and big-bill opening slots alike. But with no online or recorded presence to speak of, it's no surprise you haven’t heard of them. Take the opportunity to see them live though and notice what the passing of time has added up to: dialed-in garage-blues style, wandering towards post-rock length song structure and inevitably into the DFA 1979 disjointed riffs. Frontman Anderson wandered in and out of the shadows on stage and faced his mic towards Matthews instead of the crowd. The banter was kept to a minimum, and the riffs rarely dissipated. “How much longer?” Anderson asked one of the promoters. Fifteen minutes. They played it, owning the set in a way that had an earnest anxiety to it despite their long, if disjointed, presence in the Victoria scene.
Dilly Dally’s onstage performance noticeably looser, noticeably more raw. Dilly Dally did more than just go through the motions at Lucky, even though the fatigue of tour was evident. Katie Monk’s voice regularly jumped the gap between languid pillow talk and childhood nightmare scream, while lead guitarist Liz Ball led the sonic charge. It took Dilly Dally’s bare ferocity to draw me from out against the wall. Their energy was immediate yet casual, and didn’t let up for a second.