|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
Montreal, Canada-based outfit led by songwriter Murray Lightburn (guitar/keyboards/vocals). Formed in 1995, the Dears evolved from the wreckage of Lightburns previous band the Wrens, from whom he took drummer John Todd and bass player Andrew White. Adding guitarist Richard MacDonald to the line-up, the Dears recorded a number of singles for independent labels before White and MacDonald became the first of many musicians to exit the band. Roberto Arquilla (bass) and Natalia Yanchak (keyboards) were subsequently brought into the line-up, with the latter instrumental in bringing a greater sophistication to the bands previously synth-heavy indie rock sound. Spurred on by the bands new direction, Lightburn organised an ambitious gig in Montreal at which the band was backed by a mini-orchestral ensemble. The Dears then completed work on their debut, End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story. Released by the Grenadine label in 2000, this beguiling orch-pop...