The Dears Launch Tour (CMJ/Hiro), New Lineup, New Record

The Dears
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Montreal’s The Dears have a new record coming out and they’re about to embark on a (fairly big) Canada/US tour to promote it. Missiles drops on October 21 in the US and The Dears will be at The Hiro Ballroom on October 23 (CMJ) celebrating its release, along with Dangerbird label mates Eulogies.

This version of The Dears, however, is not your father’s Dears (or even your brother’s):

Out are Patrick Krief, George Donoso III, Martin Pelland and Valerie Joidon-Keaton. In, along with incumbents (and married couple) Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchuk are Lisa Smith and Laura Wills, Jason Kent, Yann Geoffroy and Christopher McCarron.

But, as the article goes on to say, this new lineup is not necessarily a permanent one:

“Right now, the plan is to review the line up every six months until it settles into people who want to be in the band,” he continues. “And it’s up to them. It’s not up to me. Best case scenario, we go into the studio and make a record, because until we do, essentially we’re a Dears jukebox kind of cover band. The stuff from the new record is taking shape — it’s actually sounding fucking awesome — but it’s gonna be a while before we own the old stuff again. We just hope the hardcore fans are patient with that.”[]

Hmm, The Dears without Patrick Krief? Very interesting indeed, there’s a lot more gossip on the breakup and reformation of the band in that Spinner article, it’s worth reading the whole thing.

All The Dears tour dates after the jump.

The Dears – Missiles
The Dears

The Dears 2008 Tour Dates
09/30 Waterloo, ON – Starlight Room
10/01 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
10/02 Montreal, QC – Masonic Temple
10/09 Toronto, ON – Music Gallery
10/10 Toronto, ON – Music Gallery
10/21 Boston, MA – Great Scott
10/22 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s #
10/23 New York, NY – Hiro Ballroom #
10/24 Chicago, IL – Metro *
10/25 Madison, WI – Majestic *
10/27 Denver, CO – Bluebird *
10/28 Aspen, CO – Belly Up *
10/30 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
11/01 San Diego, CA – Belly Up *
11/03 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
11/05 Portland, OR – Berbati’s *
11/06 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *

* = w/ Secret Machines