Posted in music | tour dates on July 22, 2010

The Dears

The Dears have a new album due early 2011 on Dangerbird Records, and they'll be previewing it this fall with a series of live shows. The band will play the record in-full at eight shows scheduled as multi-night stays in three cities: three in Toronto and Montreal, two in Brooklyn. Merch sales at the shows will go to two charities, Montreal City Mission and War Child.

The NYC dates, on November 3rd and 4th at Knitting Factory, go on sale Friday, July 23rd at 10am.

They have a new lineup, pictured above, with some old faces. Details on the current lineup and the tour dates are below...


Presenting: The Dears.

Returning after a decade's absence is Roberto Arquilla, whose dextrous bass work on the debut End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story helped define the band's sound. Shirking the spotlight for the mixing desk--contributing sonic expertise to several of The Dears' records and live sound for Stars, The Stills, and more--he now returns at this crucial juncture to bring back his effortless cool.

Guitarist and keyboardist Rob Benvie's first tenure (c. 2002) was brief, but he has unofficially served as consultant and multi-instrumentalist in the years since. Alongside a lifetime of rock with beloved East Coast rockers Thrush Hermit and electro-psych experimentalists Camouflage Nights, Benvie is also a novelist, screenwriter, and purveyor of all things au contraire.

Known for both virtuosic Hendrix-isms and a restless romantic spirit, guitarist Patrick Krief has persevered through some of the band's brightest and darkest years, from No Cities Left through to Missiles. Leader of Montreal's diabolical rock ragers Black Diamond Bay and a prolific solo artist on his own, Krief returns with his own breed of genius and madness.

Post-Missiles, The Dears found themselves in need of new blood behind the drums. They immediately knew where to look: for years rumours had swirled of a hotshot trapsmaster lurking around the Niagara region. After a lengthy, year-long hunt, we introduce the mighty Jeff Luciani, who was finally tracked down and enlisted to anchor the mayhem.
Singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Murray Lightburn has been portrayed in many lights: a tortured genius, a perfectionist, a man on a near-spiritual quest for redemption through song. There may be truth to all or none of these claims.

Natalia Yanchak is The Dears' keyboardist, vocalist, conceptualist and matriarchal referee. She brings the crucial yin to Lightburn's yang: the necessary calm during the band's fiercest storms.

The Dears - 2010 Tour Dates
September 29 Montreal, QB Pop Montreal @ Santa Cruz Church
September 30 Montreal, QB Pop Montreal @ Santa Cruz Church
October 1 Montreal, QB Pop Montreal @ Santa Cruz Church
October 13 Toronto, ON The Garrison
October 14 Toronto, ON The Garrison
October 15 Toronto, ON The Garrison
November 3 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
November 4 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory



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Comments (10)

it was never the Dears without Krief. So glad he's back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:13 PM

The singer of the Dears looks like my dad. True story

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:29 PM

Jesus, who wrote this shit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:30 PM

New album due in 2011...gonna play it live in November? Why not release it before so fans can listen before seeing show??/ Hate when bands do this. Just release album online...NO ONE BUYS CDS anymore

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:43 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:50 PM

I buy CDs exclusively

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:51 PM

I second that emotion, 3:30. HORRIBLE. What a load of crap!!!! If the writer was trying to be funny/ironic, it's a major fail.

Posted by soysalami | July 22, 2010 4:10 PM

What is the exchange rate on Canadian bands to American bands these days?
Are they still 4/5 as cool as ours?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 5:10 PM

Mp3's are soul less and serve only a small purpose.
It's too bad some people dont buy CD's anymore for the small records stores sake, labels, and groups.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 1:30 AM

To bad people buy CDs instead of Vinyl.

Vinyl > CDs > Cassetes > Mps > farts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 1:58 AM

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