Montreal-area collective The Dears have spent the majority of their career simultaneously embracing and disavowing an ever-present Britpop tag. Though frontman Murray Lightburn does douse his vocals in faux anglophile enunciations, the music of The Dears is a complex genre homogeny more indicative of post-millennium indie rock than anything The Smiths or Blur ever released. The sweeping elements of Britpop are just one ingredient of The Dears grandiose sound, but there’s no mistaking that grandiosity is what The Dears are all about. The band has amassed a legion of diehard cult followers throughout the world despite a lack of mainstream notoriety.
The official line-up of The Dears exists in a continual state of flux, but the band’s lone... Read More