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Dearly Beloved

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Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved kicks off their Spring 2013 tour on April 10 in Ottawa. Check out the current list of dates and stops below!

While Dearly Beloved’s sound shares little with Prince there’s an underlying carnality in common, where one wouldn’t be totally surprised to see vocalists Rob Higgins and Niva Chow grinding a stage or amp stack while snarling porny glossolalia. An animal intensity ripples in their music, tamed for the time being but always tugging at the leash and sniffing the air for pheromones and passing cars. It’s a beasty-ness that’s been homogenized out of much modern rock, particularly the mainstream variety, or alternately let run rampant in juvenile underground noise. Neither is especially appealing, which makes Toronto-based Dearly Beloved’s tussling yin-yang so immediate and lustily enjoyable. Pop on latest long-player Hawk vs Pigeon (one of DI’s Favorite Albums of 2012) and the beak ‘n’ claw conflict of the title plays out in subtle and unsubtle ways – grabbing lizard brain instinct sometimes kicks like a hands on a third rail power line. Dearly Beloved wrestles in the arena where basic urges and higher reasoning interact, and it’s a damn exciting spot to inhabit.

Rob Higgins (bass, co-vocalist, bandleader) graciously agreed to get knee deep in the Impound’s saucy seven, and we’re sure we’ve given the job to the right man.

Favorite dirty word or expression?

Tough titties. Actually, I think I need to go start a band called Tough Titties now.

One of the grossest things I’ve encountered while touring is…

We has a five day drive from L.A. to Toronto to play the last show of a North American tour with Sloan and while driving Route 66 northeast to Chicago we had the misfortune of staying in a motel right on the highway that I won’t soon forget. It was late at night and we were exhausted when we checked in. When I got to my room and pulled the covers on my bed it appeared as though the bed was blurry, almost as though it was moving or shifting as I stared at it. Once my eyes adjusted to the light and I was able to focus on what i was looking at I realized my bed sheet was COVERED in bugs. I was just about to lay right in that bed and curl up to get some precious sleep. Thankfully I turned on the lights and checked the sheets as we try to do nightly when we’re on the road.

Besides sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, what does a mind and body need?

Love, coffee and soul.

A filthy song I love is…

Ben Folds version of Dr. Dre’s Bitches Ain’t Shit. Great cover.

Groupie love – good, bad, scary or what?

All of the above. Good for band members that need it, bad for ones that don’t, scary for everyone involved on some levels and there are moments that certainly make one go, “What?”

Which would make you feel most unclean?

  • Having your music used in a montage in a Kate Hudson/Sandra Bullock-style date movie
  • Having it show up in the background of a celebrity sex tape
  • Having it used to market erectile dysfunction medications

Truthfully, we have so many outstanding tour costs sitting on Visa cards right now that any one of those situations would be helpful. But participating in marketing just about anything pharmaceutical makes me want to punch myself in the face. Although boner pills, I suppose, come in handy for those that need them and they do help some folks love each other more…and who doesn’t enjoy hearing an absurd roll call of side effects over one’s favourite tune?

One of my favorite dirty ass rock ‘n’ roll bands is…

Hot Snakes. So glad they got back together. They’re obviously more associated with post-hardcore and garage punk or whatever you want to call them but rock ‘n’ roll, to me, is an energy and a spirit, and what they do connects with me in a primal way. I loved Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From The Crypt as well but of the three Hot Snakes resonated with me the most. Just go listen to “I Hate The Kids” right now. It rules.

Dearly Beloved Spring 2013 Tour
April 10 – Ottawa, Cafe Dekuf (w/ Wildesmith)
April 11 – Windsor, Phog Lounge (w/ Little Foot Long Foot)
April 12 – London, Call The Office (w Little Foot Long Foot)
April 13 – Toronto, Silver Dollar (w/ Little Foot Long Foot)
April 24-27 – Dublin, Ireland – Indie Week Festival
May 17 – Hamilton, Baltimore House