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Dear rock the Office

The Dears
Call The Office
Friday, Nov. 21

Gazette file photo
AREN’T THEY DEAR? The Dears performed an intimate show at Call The Office last Friday, much to the delight of their fans.

It is truly amazing how one night of magnificent sounds can culminate into something absolutely comforting. This past Friday, Call The Office hosted a spectacular show featuring Montreal’s own The Dears, with special guest Shawn Hewitt.

After apologetically arriving a bit late due to traffic in Toronto, The Dears immediately set the mood right with their opening song “Lost in the Plot.” For the unaware, think of their music as a French-Canadian version of Damon Albarn meets Spiritualized.

The performance was a unique experience for the entire crowd. The band played their popular songs, including their third piece, “Warm And Sunny Days” in addition to “End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story.” They also added in some mixed versions of other original tunes, such as “Don’t Lose The Faith” and “C’était Pour La Passion.”

The sextet ingeniously blended transcending orchestral pop tunes, acoustic songs and lengthy musical interludes. One of the highlights of the evening was when singer Murray A. Lightburn led the audience in proclaiming, “It won’t ever be what we want” with his hands in the air.

“This is fucking beautiful. All the love in our hearts is for this room right now,” Murray announced.

The Dears admit there is no formula to their music, but rather an inspirational blend of pacific melodies from other great artists. They capture the essence of a resounding harmony through the use of multiple instruments.

After having toured quite extensively, Murray admits, “It’s great to come to London, Ontario and see you smile your asses off.”

After having recently released their third album, No Cities Left, The Dears announced they are going to be taking some time off. “We’re going to go and reinvent ourselves [and] no, we’re not fucking going to break up,” Murray laughed.

—Gabriella Barillari



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