The Dears know how to thrill an audience
by Kent Farago
The Dears, a mood-rock group from Montreal, played The State for the second time in under five months last Thursday, and it was obvious that they are a band that get better with every performance.
The Dears played a set that was comprised mostly of songs off of their latest release, No Cities Left while still finding time to squeeze in a few tracks from their debut album The End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story. The sheer amount of music left lead singer/guitarist/multi-tasker Murray Lightburn little time to interact with the crowd. However, Lightburn did mutter out a few “Thank-you”s and a “Tonight is a mighty fine night,” but that was basically it. Judging by the very impressed looks on the faces of the audience members not a single person in attendance cared.
To be honest, trying to write a precise article describing a performance by The Dears is nearly impossible. It is just something that has to be experienced firsthand to be fully understood.
The highlight of the night came during the encore when the band returned to the stage to wow the crowd with a version of their trademark song “Pinned Together, Falling Apart,” a 15-minute song that has so many different musical aspects going on at once you could swear that there are 10 people on stage creating beautiful music instead of the six that comprise The Dears. The song starts with a slow, moody atmosphere and gradually mutates into a furious monster before settling back into a dark, mopey love song. After the band wrapped up the song and left the stage the crowd showed their appreciation and gratitude for being treated to such a professional and wonderful concert.
Hopefully The Dears realize that they are welcome back to the Queen City any day.
Pilate, a band best described as a mix between Coldplay and Radiohead, opened up the concert with a calm and relaxed set of songs off of their debut record Caught by the Window.