The main thing you need to know about Dearly Beloved is that youll
hear them coming: they generate a furious sonic rumble that resonates
from deep inside themselves, shaking the foundations of all you hold
dear, and its one of the loudest sounds youll ever hear.
But for the more curious among you, some facts:
Rob Higgins plays bass. Jagged, roaring, deafening,
feel-it-in-your-chest-cavity-or-Im-having-a-heart-attack bass. He
sings and writes songs too.
Co-vocalist Niva Chow wails, mesmerizes and hypnotizes like a banshee.
Together, they thrash and howl and harmonize and bring equsl parts
melodiousness and dissonance to spin tales of defiance and exploration
while maintaining a sense of humor and fun in the face of hard times
and modern absurdity.
They tour constantly, in their native Canada, in the UK, all over
Europe. Fully-fledged keepers of the rock nroll flame, but with the
speed and primal energy of hardcore punks like Fear and Black Flag
mixed with the brooding eaviosity of Sabbath and the his/her vocal
interplay of The Pixies.
For their past releases (the band has been - ahem - putting out
since 06), its been all about immediacy, intensity, capturing the
moment as it happens. This time around, for the imminently forthcoming
Admissiion, a slightly different approach...
The first first of note: working with a producer. Daniel Rey
(Ramones, Misfits) is the first studio maven the band has entrusted to
sit behind the control board, and hs techniques were strenuos even for
a notoriously hard-working band.
We played fifteen of the songs wed written for the album live in a
small, sweaty rehearsal space in East LA. Eight hours a day, every
day, for a week for Daniel recalls Higgins. The twelve tunes that
were still standing after that, got recorded. In 14 days. (Recorded at
Dave Grohls Studio 606, on, you guessed it: the famed, custom built,
70s-era Neve 8028 analog console that gave us Nevermind and more than
a hundred certified gold and platinum rock records.)
Luckily, another first for the Beloveds this time around was the
fact that at least some of the songs were already road-tested, and had
been forged-if not born-on tour. That could be why Admission,
multi-layered as it is, might be the closest the band has come to
capturing their relentless stage energy.
So, still a sense of immediacy and intensity, but tempered with
thoughtfulness, shrewd reflection, and, it must be said, maturity. The
bands sound and subject matter are as raucous and severe as theyve
ever been, but theyre clearing coming into their own, growing into
the space theyve carved out for themselves, expanding their dynamic
range in every sense.
Says Higgins: Admission has plenty of darkness, and heartache, but
there is also love and empathy. Dearly Beloved began as an outlet
during some dark times that brought some close friends closer. We
described our first album (You Are The Jaguar, 2006) as chaos
tempered with love and delivered with great fury. That still applies.
Maybe now more than ever.