Posted in music | pictures on October 27, 2008

Photos by Gabi Porter

The Dears

Hiro Ballroom was sparsely crowded when I arrived for the show on Thursday night (10/23), but filled up quickly as The Dears got ready to play. The best way to describe The Dears is epic and complicated, and if anyone were to force me to name my favorite band ever, of the 5 or 6 contenders The Dears always seem to float to the top. Murray Lightburn plays the tortured town crier of the apocalypse really well, and despite the melancholy and doom, it's a trip you want to take with him because the music is just so damn good. They blazed through a set that relied heavily on new songs, which were good enough for me to go home and buy the new album immediately." - Gabi
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Comments (12)

Why does this band still exist? Didn't they breakuup like 3 times. Stay broken up already.

I'm gonna go listen to Rival Schools.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 4:31 PM

I wasnt a fan of their last album but the new one is just as good (if not better than) No Cities Left. I may even consider it my favorite album of the year. I am surprised people are writing them off so quickly. Listen to the tracks Berlin Heart, Dream Job and Lights Off on the new album...awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 4:58 PM

It was a great show even if the new band hasn't achieved the swagger of the old lineup. (George Donoso is particularly missed.) Patrick Krief was there, singing along to all the new songs from the side of the stage.

I shot video of "Demons":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f9uYafLhXk


Posted by bill p | October 27, 2008 5:15 PM

this band is an equivalent to a David Brennar. A washed up comedian who's been doing the circuit for years, never making it big really but still going.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 5:29 PM

I think that Murray Lightburn's Morrisey impersonation is getting old. Having said that, "Lost In The Plot" is one my all-time favorite songs.

Also, I pictured him looking different.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 5:31 PM

for some reason, i constantly have to defend liking this band to friends. i don't give a shit. their new album is great.

Posted by cranky | October 27, 2008 6:11 PM

It's not great unless Pitchfork says it is.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 6:35 PM

i dig the passion in the review and photos-
you can feel the post- That's refreshing-
I now want to hear the band- Thank you.
cs

Posted by HappyParts | October 27, 2008 9:11 PM

Hry i liked some songs of theirs.... i guess u are just blind Obama suporters thinking you R Smmart. ands stuff (no research.) Any who im drinking wit Wifi in some store . gangsta i know Peace myt Niggas and whitiessss

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 9:36 PM

No Cities was a classic. The last two albums have been progressively worse. This new one is unlistenable. Definitely my No. 1 disappointment of the year - worse than Jamie Lidell's cheesefest even.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 11:19 AM

JAMIE LIDELL IS MY DAD, YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT NOW

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 5:28 PM

Some really nice photos there

Posted by Chalky | March 9, 2009 4:15 PM

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