Monday, February 21, 2011

Not a single one of us has the guts to bear a cross

The Dears

I had never heard of Montreal based band The Dears before seeing that video. Needless to say, but for the sake of word count, I'm a fan now. You might hear Morrissey in Murray Lightburn's voice and lyrics. Lightburn has been quoted saying he is "absolutely fucking bored to death" with the comparison. He does sound a little like Morrissey, but can also sound a lot like Marvin Gaye at times.

I am mostly enamoured with the sound and songwriting of the band. It's reminiscent of everything I love about Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, and TV on the Radio*. Adjectives that apply? Heroic, epic, expansive, dynamic.

The band had broken up after its 2008 release Missles. It regrouped, shed all members keeping only Lightburn's wife, singer and keyboardist Natalia Yanchak. They brought back previous guitarists Patrick Krief and Rob Benvie and bassist Roberto Arquilla while adding a completely new member in Jeff Luciani on drums. With the reformation compelte they set off to record their latest album Degeneration Street. The new album is by far the best album in the discography, but I woudn't sleep on their previous efforts. Check out a track from the Degeneration Street:

Click here to play The Dears - Thrones

I felt like the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences really wanted to bless an indie band for the 53rd Grammy Awards that took place this year. That nod went to the mostly undeserving band, Arcade Fire, who happen to also be from Montreal. I believe that The Dears might have been a more deserving nominee. Not that it was nominated. It's just my opinion. I can also say with 100% certainty that The Dears would have put on a much better performance on Grammy Night.

There IS a reason why our post titled "Arcade Fire Sucks," written June 2010, has suddenly shot up to the most vistied post on our site since the night of the Grammys. They just kinda suck...

Watch the video below for a glimpse of what MIGHT have been.

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