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The Dears


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The band formed in 1995 and released their first album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story in 2000. Their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie renaissance . In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, respectively, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album No Cities Left in Canada, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW ‘04 launched their international career.

The Dears toured extensively across Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Japan and Australia supporting the international release of No Cities Left and returned to the studio to record in 2005. Gang of Losers was released in 2006, and was well-received by the press .

The lineup of the band is fluid and changes frequently. The band’s core member is founder and lead singer Murray Lightburn. The group has recently seen some departures, with a new lineup to be announced . Two new touring members, Lisa Smith and Laura Wills of the band Pony Up, were announced in September 2008.

The Dears have had high-profile gigs as opening act for Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Keane, The Secret Machines, and Morrissey, to whom Lightburn is often compared. Their music has been described as a cross between The Smiths, Serge Gainsbourg and Joy Division with Lightburn’s singing voice being likened to Morrissey as well as Blur’s Damon Albarn. The complexity of the music and arrangements has also been compared to Radiohead, Jethro Tull and early Genesis. The Dears’ powerful live shows have been described as: “…the sonic equivalent of seeing the face of God .”


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  • radiohoofdnz

    No cities left Already 10 years old wow

    16 Abr 2013 Responder
  • Zeroshii

    Perfect! I'm going to have to listen to No Cities Left next

    27 Jan 2013 Responder
  • bingbongbilly

    Saw The Dears at Oran Mor, Glasgow. Great gig.

    12 Ago 2012 Responder
  • joaotsantos

    The Canadian Rock League (season 2) will start in the next week. You can vote in this band here Canadian Rock League Every week have a new voting! Greetings

    3 Jul 2012 Responder
  • InASafePlace

    No Cities Left is good but Missiles is supreme.

    17 Mar 2012 Responder
  • AlexanderShough

    I like that the song chart reflects my opinion.. the Dears are all about No Cities Left, but sound rejuvenated with Degeneration Street after two sloppy offerings in between. I never thought Murray sounded like Damon Albarn, always thought both were very distincy voices.

    29 Fev 2012 Responder
  • Edvardoz

    Not so bad) love them!

    17 Fev 2012 Responder
  • kleimoment

    норм так)

    4 Nov 2011 Responder
  • MaylsonUFMS

    é muito amor nessa banda.

    23 Out 2011 Responder
  • George336

    I agree with the last poster. Murray's voice does sound like Damon's and often like Morrissey's but I doubt that his vocal characteristics were deliberately manufactured. The Dears are a hugely under-rated band who probably won't get their big moment. That's a great pity.

    6 Set 2011 Responder
  • falloftroys

    Goooood stuff.

    31 Jul 2011 Responder
  • noodlesito

    Alq le gusta The Dears, mi usuario de Spotify: Noodlesito

    26 Jul 2011 Responder
  • YoungHeretic

    Disclaimer is by far the best song they have ever done.

    9 Jul 2011 Responder
  • bruitigor

    The best album of 2011 so far. [3]

    20 Jun 2011 Responder
  • martynfm

    I've just dug out 'No Cities Left' & listened to it today for the first time in ages. Shame on me, it's a great album,nicely constructed songs & great vocals. I agree with 'OmaRockR', The Dears sound like 'The Dears'. Must now seek out the other albums.

    12 Jun 2011 Responder
  • MaylsonUFMS

    The best album of 2011 so far. [2]

    28 Mai 2011 Responder
  • joaotsantos

    Hi everybody! You can vote in this band/artist in this group: The Canadian Rock League. In this group competes the best rock bands/artists from Canada to determine the best artists from this country. Every week have a new voting, so don't forget it.

    11 Mai 2011 Responder
  • OmaRockR

    Stop comparing The Dears with other bands, specially the voice of Murray. The Dears sounds like The Dears. PERIOD

    9 Mai 2011 Responder
  • InASafePlace

    People from Canada unite! Vote social on monday! We need to counter the Conservatives! Be your vote NPD, BLOC or Green, we need it! Even better, visit to know who has the most chances of beating a conservative candidate in your riding!

    1 Mai 2011 Responder
  • tinybluebox

    Borderline on Monday was the best gig I've ever been to. Shook Natalia's hand and said thanks for everything.

    21 Abr 2011 Responder
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