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Album title or philosophy?

Album title or philosophy?

Dearly Beloved begins their Spring 2013 tour today, April 10, in Ottawa. Check out the schedule of dates and stops below!

Toronto’s Dearly Beloved grapples and gropes modern ontology in a fierce, roughly sensual manner, the sweat and blood of living and what we think about it dripping from their songs. You can tell it gives them a lot of sleepless nights, chain smoking and pouring shot after shot, wondering, “Where is my mind?” and not simply letting that be a Pixies reference – a veteran act whose early work shares some primal kinship with Dearly Beloved joints like last year’s fantabulous Hawk vs Pigeon. In some ways, this Canadian force-to-be-reckoned-with is the sonic equivalent of incisive psyche peelers like Dennis Cooper and Chuck Palahniuk, where humanity’s muck isn’t kept at arm’s length, an active embrace of the parts of us people don’t usually hold up to the sunlight. What’s fun about this exploration with Dearly Beloved is how raucously joyous their soul spelunking can be, where the battered and beaten are welcomed to the dance as much as those in pretty dresses and ruffled tuxedos.

We asked Dearly Beloved’s Rob Higgins if we could stick a fork in his brain and pull out some insights and he readily broke out his bone saw to assist.

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?

Oh man, the recent Michelle Shocked rant on stage in San Francisco about how “God hates
fags” and all that. We were JUST talking about that mess. What a bummer. Yup, first thing that popped in there. Sigh. Boo.

Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?

As a kid I was way more into Star Wars than Star Trek, but looking at both now it appears
Star Trek had more to offer. It’s hard not to feel the judgmental assholery of Star Wars now with its ideas of “good” and “bad” and its armies of droids. Star Trek seems to better represent the moral complexity of our experience, and it’s a more character driven narrative with less of a military focus. It feels more hopeful, accepting, diverse, inclusive. Science!

Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.

Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. “Voodoo Chile” sums it up. Recorded in one morning amid some friendly and social evenings, featuring trusted guests (Jack Cassady on bass, for example), done in three takes having just introduced the song to the other musicians, the spirit of that type of process resonates with me a big way. Our last two recordings have been driven by that type of prepared impulsiveness and courage [Editor’s Note: You can really hear AND feel this influence on Hawk vs Pigeon and Make It Bleed once pointed out]. When you know what you do and what you want, making music that way can be a beautiful and almost spiritual thing. His dedication to craft is an inspiration to me and, man, when he gets to the words…

I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even raise a little sand

Well… as a musician, shit, as a human, I feel stronger, more able to continue battling.

I said I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back one of these days

Oh yeah

If I don’t meet you no more in this world then uh
I’ll meet ya on the next one
And don’t be late
Don’t be late

Rock ‘n’ roll.

Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?

The question is: What?

You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?

My three guests:

1) My dad – He’s no longer alive and I’d really like to have dinner with him again. I miss him and his relentless cursing.

2) My grandfather – He died when my mom was just a kid but with my grandmother survived the concentration camps and made it to Canada to start our family. I’d really like to meet him. Apparently he loved music and had a real zest for life.

3) Jimi Hendrix – Well, this fantasy hang would need a guitar player because after dinner there’s no doubt we’d be going back to my studio to jam.

The menu:

The menu would actually be a buffet-style all you can eat type deal – I have a vague memory of my dad and I liking buffets – one that offers a diverse and inclusive selection to accommodate my special guests’ dietary needs and preferences. The more casual the dinner party the better. Steaks, creamed herring, and tabs of acid would be essential components.

Intoxicant for dessert:

Well, we’d need some marijuana to level us off from the LSD. And the one after dinner is often the best one.

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