The Dear & Departed

January 26, 2010
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dear and departedWhile everyone else out there is trying to be Indie/British/cool, these 5 guys from across the pond can’t help what they already are. Borrowing heavily from late ’70s/early ’80s influences like The Smiths and The Cure, they’ll have you crossing your fingers for a full scale New Wave revival after giving this EP a spin.

Following their 2007 release, Something Quite Peculiar, Dan Smith (aka Dan Under) and his band have been working hard in the studio and touring with the likes of AFI and Avenged Sevenfold. With the release of the EP, Chapters, it doesn’t seem like work for them at all. Dark and emotive, yet still catchy and positive, music pours forth from the 5 songs begging you to let the disc repeat time after time (as it has on my playlist).

You can hear echoes of The Cure’s signature guitar riffs on tracks like “Did You Hear a Knock,” but Smith makes it all his own, and rather than feeling depressed and putting on eye makeup, you’ll find yourself much rather singing along. Incredibly catchy hooks, spot-on background vocals, and a powerful bassline make “Tambourine Love” a great song, and, I’d wager, a crowd favorite at concerts.

On “There For the Taking,” Smith channels more modern Gothic influences like AFI or Alkaline Trio and produces yet another amazing song. The CD then ends way too quickly and teases at a possible follow-up soon. Definitely give this one a listen, and get a sneak peek at some of the recording process on LA Ink, where lead singer Smith is also a tattoo artist for the hit show.

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Nate is a music and movie junkie masquerading as a full time high school teacher on California's Central Coast. He is married to the woman of his dreams which was an answer to so many prayers and is settling into the new adventure that is married life.

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