Missed Music

Music you didn’t know you needed…until now.

Varied, emotional pop from The Dears

The Dears formed in 1995 in Montreal, QC, though it took them 5 years to release their first album. They’ve had a fair amount of success, playing SXSW and opening for the likes of Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Keane, The Secret Machines, and Morrisey. As I read up on them I noticed that people love to compare them to other acts. I saw comparisons to Morrissey, The Smiths, Joy Division, Radiohead, Jethro Tull, and Genesis. I noticed this because my descriptions of all 3 songs I recommended from their 2008 release, “Missiles” contain comparisons to other bands.

Yes, Dears.

There’s nothing wrong with that, particularly since the range of bands to which they can be compared is very broad. It shows great range and versatility. They are also known for their intense live shows, so this sounds like a pretty talented crew. Or at least it was. Apparently, creative tension among the band members reared its ugly head and as songs were completed, members left the band. By the time “Missiles” was in the can, only founding members Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak were left. So this is the album that killed the band.

Well, that tension and strife led to some emotional and creative songs. Here are my 3 favorites.

  • Disclaimer – The twanging, repetitive guitar riff, cymbal heavy percussion, and alto vocals makes this sound like a cross between Sugar and the Beta Band. It’s my favorite track on the disc and happily it’s almost 7 minutes long.
  • Dream Job – This track reminds me of Mazzy Star – sung by a man – or  maybe something by Glen Hansard.  It’s patient, pretty, and a little sad.
  • Crisis 1 & 2 – Lightburn and Yanchak share vocal duties on this track, which reminds me a little of Zero 7 with it’s light mix of bass and drums during the verses and electric piano, synth, and guitars at the chorus.

The band has replaced all the members who left and have done so with some quality musicians who already had successful careers of their own, so more music is presumably on the way.


April 7, 2010 - Posted by | Popular, Rock

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