Montreal-based sextet The Dears will become Mexico City’s Pasagüero’s house band for a three-day residency.
The band is emerging from the cold Montreal winter with a collection of almost 30 brand new songs for its upcoming album. The shows will take place May 5, 6 and 7 and will be recorded in HD-video for a special edition pressing of the album for its release later in the year.
From the press release:
It’s been four years since an ambitious and enigmatic band from Quebec took the Mexican audience by storm, attracting a fevered multitude of new fans to a young Indie-O Fest 07 in Mexico City that, even today, is remembered as a unique event in Mexico’s independent culture. Since then, The Dears have become one of the country’s most beloved and engaging acts in the alternative music circuit. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Canadian sextet has chosen D.F. (Spanish for Federal District, Mexico’s capital) to premiere their new album in full even before entering the studio.
Pasagüero, a popular and respected venue in the city’s colonial centre, will be the band’s home for a unique three-day residency where fans will get an intimate taste of the complete album-in-progress. All shows will be also recorded, in both audio and HD-video, for a special edition pressing of the album to be released by Dangerbird Records & Albert Productions.
After months holed up in grey, wintry Montreal collaborating on the new album, The Dears are eager to share these adventurous songs with their Mexican audience, who have played a key role in the band’s survival. From being catapulted to international success with 2004’s No Cities Left (Maple Nationwide), to the difficult period of adjustments that followed 2006’s Gang of Losers album, ensuing lineup changes nearly pushed them to consider the band’s permanent dissolution. Yet their 2009 sold-out concert at Lunario in Mexico City helped The Dears find the strength and faith to continue, taking the music to the next level with the aptly-titled most recent LP, Missiles.
“The Dears’ heart was beating slowly and was dying”, Lightburn told the Mexican crowd during the show, “but Mexico has injected blood and made it stronger again, beating with more strength than ever. We will never forget this.”