watch The Dears’ animated video for “Here’s to the Death of All the Romance”
by Bill Pearis
The Dears have collaborated again with animator Sinbad Richardson for their new video “Here’s to the Death of All the Romance,” which is from the Montreal band’s new album, Times Infinity Vol. 1. Like “I Used to Pray For The Heavens To Fall,” it’s a lyric video that also tells its own story. It’s very sweet and keyboardist/singer Natalia Yanchak told us a little about it:
Illustrator and animator Sinbad’s style brings a classic Montreal vibe to this video in that it’s bright and irreverent, inviting while almost abstract. His animated mixtape is pretty cool too.
This is likely the most abstract music video The Dears have ever made, second only to the never released, avant-garde “S&M boxer” video for “Heathrow or Deathrow.” With “Here’s to the Death of All the Romance” the band is depicted as a group of loafing, off-duty CIA agents who can’t help but sit around Saint-Louis Square while a praying mantis courts her snail lover. It’s so very Montreal. Like “Men In Black” meets “Bee Movie.”
The song itself namechecks one of The Dears’ best-loved songs from their 2003 album No Cities Left. The video premieres in this post and you can watch below.
As mentioned, The Dears will be in NYC next week to play Rough Trade on October 28. Alexander F opens and tickets are still available. They’ll be on tour in Canada in November, including a hometown stop at the 2015 M for Montreal Festival. All dates are listed below.
THE DEARS – 2015/2016 TOUR DATES
Oct. 28 @ Rough Trade NYC, BROOKLYN, NY
Nov. 05 @ La Taverne, SAINT-CASIMIR, QC
Nov. 06 @ Le Sous-bois, CHICOUTIMI, QC
Nov. 07 @ Le Petite Boite Noire, SHERBROOKE, QC
Nov. 19 @ L’Anti, QUEBEC CITY, QC
Nov. 20 @ Theatre Fairmount, MONTREAL, QC
Nov. 21 @ The Grad Club, KINGSTON, QC
Nov. 26 @ Starlight Social Club, WATERLOO, ON
Nov. 27 @ Lee’s Palace, TORONTO, ON
Nov. 28 @ The Casbah, HAMILTON, ON
May 27 @ National Arts Centre, OTTAWA, ON