by Bill Pearis

The Dears

The Dears' new album Times Infinity Vol. 1 is out next week (9/25) and the Montreal band recently released a video for single "Whose Side Are You On?" Directed and animated by Sinbad Richardson, it tells the tale of a Hercules beetle looking to escape it's unfortunate urban confines. Says the director:

Murray [Lightburn] came by to sit down and talk about the video and the overall sentiment of Times Infinity. The point that mostly inspired the concept for I Used To Pray For The Heavens to Fall was when he described the feeling when Natalia and the kids leave the house and he has a deep sinking feeling of concern for them. I thought this was a dark and sweet notion of family and the story applies that notion to a young couple that are torn apart by entomology. I can't say how the Hercules beetle character came to be, it really just popped in my head once I started thinking of the story on an insect level.

Dears frontman Murray Lightburn adds:

Believe it or not, this is our very first 'lyric video.' We asked our pal Sinbad (Omega Dog video director) to create something special, something that would appeal to everyone, young and old. What he delivered was a 'lyric video+' that made Natalia [Yanchak - band keyboardist and Murray's wife], cry the first time she saw it.

Calling this a lyric video doesn't quite do it justice. You can check it out below. Also below is a stream of "Here's to the Death of All the Romance" (which references this song from The Dears' 2003 album No Cities Left.)

The Dears are on a Canadian tour this fall but will pop below the U.S. border to play Brooklyn's Rough Trade on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below...


The Dears - 2015 Tour Dates
Tue 15 Sep 2015 SAIT's the Gateway Calgary, AB, Canada
Wed 16 Sep 2015 The Hume Hotel Nelson, BC, Canada
Fri 18 Sep 2015 Rifflandia 2015 Victoria, BC, Canada
Sat 19 Sep 2015 Fox Cabaret Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sat 19 Sep 2015 War Child Lounge - Rifflandia 2015 Victoria, BC, Canada
Fri 25 Sep 2015 Phi Centre Montreal, QC, Canada
Fri 02 Oct 2015 Beau's Oktoberfest 2015 Vankleek Hill, ON, Canada
Wed 28 Oct 2015 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY, US
Thu 05 Nov 2015 La Taverne Saint-Casimir, QC, Canada
Fri 06 Nov 2015 Le Sous-bois Chicoutimi, QC, Canada
Sat 07 Nov 2015 La Petite Boîte Noire Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Thu 19 Nov 2015 L'Anti Québec, QC, Canada
Fri 20 Nov 2015 Théâtre Fairmount Montreal, QC, Canada
Sat 21 Nov 2015 The Grad Club Kingston, ON, Canada
Thu 26 Nov 2015 Starlight Social Club Waterloo, ON, Canada
Fri 27 Nov 2015 Lee's Palace Toronto, ON, Canada
Sat 28 Nov 2015 The Casbah Hamilton, ON, Canada
Fri 27 May 2016 National Arts Centre (NAC) Ottawa, ON, Canada