Times Infinity Volume One came out in September as the latest in a distinguished indie career of Montreal band The Dears. They’re certainly no strangers to the music scene, having been in business for fifteen years, starting off with vocalist and guitarist Murray Lightburn.
The band has since snow-balled, collecting talents, like that of keyboardist Natalia Yanchak who lends her vocals to certain tracks, Patrick Krief giving more guitar and vocal support, bassist Robert Arquilla, and drummer Jeff Luciani. Not to mention a long list of former members that collaborated with the band at given points in their own careers.
Classifying themselves as a strictly indie rock band has been a busy trade for them as they released an assortment of studio albums like: End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story (2000), No Cities Left (2003), Gang of Losers (2006), Missiles (2008), and Degeneration Street (2011). Keeping up the pace, their latest album aims to stun loyal fans.
With the slower songs sounding like an more modern version of Simon & Garfunkel – folksy vibe and all – and the faster, more popular songs breathing the life of indie into the band with an almost New Wave-type wisdom, it’s easy to see why people could get behind this band. There’s a great degree of variety, quickly switching from the solemn track of “Here’s to the Death of all Romance” to the jolly “Somebody This Will All Be Yours”.
The hits, “We Lost Everything”, “I Used to Pray for the Heavens to Fall”, and “Here’s to the Death of all Romance” come out with The Dears’ original sound. They also happen to be my favourites, along with “Face of Horrors”.
It’s never too late to get on board with a good band, so check out The Dears and their latest album, Times Infinity Volume One on their official website and their Bandcamp page. Follow them on their Facebook page and on Twitter @thedears.