The Dears return in March 2011 with their fifth album: Degeneration Street. Clocking in at just under an hour, it comprises of fourteen songs.
Born in the late 90s, The Dears is the lifework of Murray A Lightburn. Son of a jazzman-turned-preacher, Lightburn’s attunement to songwriting was shaped equally by 90s rock and a broad tableau of gospel, soul, and pop music. The band’s UK breakthrough came with “No Cities Left” in late 2004 which swept the group from Montreal notoriety to international rapture. This was followed over the next four years by the messy masterpiece “Gang Of Losers” and the bittersweet “Missiles”, though the dynamics of a busy workload and periods of internal instability led to some personnel changes within the band.
Aside from new drummer Jeff Luciani, The Dears of 2011 consists of past members Roberto Arquilla, Robert Benvie, Patrick Krief, and mainstays Natalia Yanchak and Lightburn. Working in a newfound spirit of collaboration, spontaneous late-night meetings would yield the best work of their lives: music inspired by death, fearlessness, rage and promise; a band galvanised. After a year of writing/rehearsing, fourteen standout songs emerged and a hard drive filled with 150 GBs of recorded material was shipped across the continent to producer Tony Hoffer in Los Angeles.
“Degeneration Street” delivers the passion and soul that has earned the band the adoration of fans and critics worldwide. From the electrifying nihilist pop anthem “Thrones,” to the star-scraping heights of “Galactic Tides”; from the grimy opener “Omega Dog”, to the Motown sci-fi of “Lamentation”, Degeneration Street is, definitively, THE DEARS.
“Degeneration Street” is released 14th March on Dangerbird Records.