The Dears Share new single

Montreal indie-pop veterans The Dears have officially shared their new single, "Taking It To The Grave" – the latest track to surface from The Dears' upcoming LP Times Infinity Volume Two out July 14 via Dangerbird Records. You can listen to “Taking It To The Grave”  here.

"During the vocal tracking sessions, I was battling a never-ending mini-bronchitis that was going around that winter," says The Dears' Natalia Yanchak. "Under these conditions, my voice has an especially fragile timbre to it in this higher range, which is generally above my singing comfort zone. So when the master came back, with this track -- and that vocal -- off the top of the album, it made me feel unusually self-conscious. I think I asked Murray: 'Are we sure we want to start the album like that?' In the end, this song isn't supposed to make you feel good or fuzzy: while it is hopeful in a triumphant way, it is also resolute and definite. This is how things are going to be, and we'll just have to deal with it. We're taking it to the grave."

The Dears' Murray Lightburn added, "As I wrote, I imagined a couple separately caught up in the usual hectic schedule of the day. They don’t take each other for granted, they’re just battling through the stuff that needs to be done so they can get to their cocoon by day’s end. Then something tragic happens and they never see each other again. This is the thought that wakes one up in the middle of the night. Life is beautiful but that beauty can easily and suddenly be taken away. It’s only one component of the album though. Through Times Infinity we try to face everything that comes with taking that leap of faith, to commit to love unconditionally. It’s scary and amazing all at once."

The album is the second instalment of a two-album project. Following a six-year hiatus, The Dears made their triumphant return in February 2017 with their much-lauded Times Infinity Volume One.

The Dears' Times Infinity Volume Two sees the completion of a body of work that founding members Lightburn and Yanchak recorded over a two-year period between Toronto’s Revolution Recording and Montreal’s Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango. Lightburn says of the final mix sessions for Volume Two: “At the hotel2tango, it had been a 20 hour day. I worked deliriously towards finishing Volume Two. In part, it was because I knew precisely how it was all supposed to fit together but mostly because there was another band's session coming within just hours. It really recalled those overnight mixing sessions for No Cities Left, complete with a fresh-faced Howard (studio co-owner Bilerman) arriving in the morning, coffee in hand, asking, 'How did it go?' I still don't really know. But I did my best.” Both Lightburn and Yanchak identify Volume Two—a record driven by an unmistakable sense of unease—as the comparatively darker half of the Times Infinity series.

The Dears have majored in bristling honesty throughout their 25-year career, and Volume Two is no less candid, with the microscope turned on Lightburn and Yanchak themselves. Propelled by driving basslines, the fractious "Of Fisticuffs" doubles down on the propulsive agitation of Times Infinity’s first instalment, typifying the universal, everyday tightrope of choosing which battles to fight. For Lightburn and Yanchak, married with a young family of their own, a sense of protecting what’s most important runs deep through Volume Two, though rendered with disarming tenderness.

The Dears emerged out of the early 2000s Canadian indie renaissance, cementing their orchestral pop-noir sound with celebrated debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album, No Cities Left. Then a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW 2004 launched their international career. Gang of Losers was released in 2006, was well received by the press, and shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A tumultuous transitory period followed. The Dears emerged, solid, with another meticulously crafted classic, Missiles in 2008, and later 2011’s Degeneration Street.

The Dears Tour Dates & Tickets

The Dears Share New Track ‘1998’ - Listen Here:  

 Announce October UK Headline Tour

The Dears are airing a new track ‘1998’, the latest to emerge from their forthcoming seventh studio album, Times Infinity Volume Two, due July 14, 2017 through Dangerbird Records. The new track arrives alongside details of a ten date UK headline tourrunning through October 2017 on sale from May 18, including a previously announced London Oslo date on October 7 (on sale now).  

Speaking about the nervy jangle of new track ‘1998’ (which is accompanied by throwback artwork depicting founding members Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak in the titular year), Lightburn describes the track as ‘Kinda old school Dears, but wearing a slightly updated outfit. It tells a specific story that actually happened - it’s a happy story, actually”. Times Infinity Volume Two is the second instalment of a two-album project from the Montréal band. Following a six-year absence,The Dears made their return to the UK earlier in 2017, with the much-applauded release of Times Infinity Volume One and a run of sold-out UK & Euro live shows (the band’s first since 2011), including London Village Underground.

The Dears Tour Dates & Tickets

The Dears

Announce Album & Share New Track

Times Infinity Volume Two - Out July 14 2017

 

The Dears have announced the release of their seventh studio album, Times Infinity Volume Two, due July 14, 2017 through Dangerbird Records. The album is the second instalment of a two-album project from the Montréal band. Following a six-year absence,The Dears made their return to the UK earlier in 2017, with the much-applauded release of Times Infinity Volume Oneand a run of sold-out UK & Euro live shows (the band’s first since 2011), including London Village Underground. The Dears are currently sharing the first track to be lifted from Volume Two, ‘Of Fisticuffs’, alongside news of a London Oslo headline show forOctober 7 2017.

Volume Two sees the completion of a body of work which founding members Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak recorded over a two year period between Toronto’s Revolution Recording and Montréal’s Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango. Speaking about the process, Lightburn says of the final mix sessions for Volume Two: “At the hotel2tango, it had been a 20 hour day. I worked deliriously towards finishing Volume Two. In part it was because I knew precisely how it was all supposed to fit together but mostly because there was another band’s session coming within just hours. It really recalled those overnight mixing sessions for No Cities Left, complete with a fresh-faced Howard (studio co-owner Bilerman) arriving in the morning, coffee in hand, asking, ‘how did it go?’ I still don’t really know. But I did my best.” Both Lightburn and Yanchak identify Volume Two - a record driven by an unmistakable sense of unease - as the comparatively darker component of the Times Infinity series.

The Dears have majored in bristling honesty throughout their 25 year-strong career, and Volume Two is no less candid, with the microscope turned on Lightburn and Yanchak themselves. Propelled by driving bass-lines, fractious early single ‘Of Fisticuffs’ doubles down on the propulsive agitation of Times Infinity’s first instalment, typifying the universal, everyday tightrope of choosing which battles to fight. For Lightburn and Yanchak - married with a young family of their own - a sense of protecting what’s important runs deep through Volume Two, though rendered with disarming tenderness.

The Dears emerged out of the early Noughties Canadian indie renaissance, cementing their orchestral-pop- noir sound with celebrated debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album No Cities Left, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SxSW ’04 launched their international career. Gang of Losers was released in 2006, was well received by the press, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A tumultuous transitory period followed. The Dears emerged, solid, with another meticulously crafted classic, Missiles in 2008, and later 2011’sDegeneration Street.

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