Toronto's Dearly Beloved is a one-of-a-kind, sweat-fest led by Rob Higgins, a Canadian bass masher and tambourine thrashing rock tigress, Niva Chow. The band has toured extensively and shared stages with Mike Watt, Juliette Lewis, Sloan, Franz Ferdinand, Airborne Toxic Event and My Chemical Romance, among others. Dearly Beloved's monstrous bass-driven hooks, intense energy and vocal interplay have led to comparisons to The Pixies , X and The Ramones and their over-the-top live show is not to be missed.
Dearly Beloved has certainly learned the value of putting its collective nose to the grindstone during the two years since it unleashed the striking stoner/shoegaze/psych/prog/Goth/punk/pop opus Hawk vs. Pigeon upon the world. That's all Dearly Beloved has been doing: working. Then working a bit more, sliding in some more work on the way home and topping all that hard work off with a little extra hard work, just for good measure.
There were invitations to further tour Canada then to travel overseas and show U.K. and European audiences the goods for the first time. All that playing, in turn, hardened Dearly Beloved into a battle-scarred, hell-raising rock 'n' machine non pareil and, arguably, a better band than it's ever been. So, rather than pause for breath at the end of 18 months in the van like any sane band would do, Dearly Beloved decamped to the infamous Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, Calif., to write and demo the follow-up to Hawk vs. Pigeon.
Enduro, out in June, is a bristlingly antisocial punk-metal juggernaut with an old school rock n' roll soul that sounds as wild-eyed and breathless and half-mad as a record made at the end of nearly two years of roadwork should. Helping Dearly Beloved on its way to the take-no-prisoners brilliance of Enduro were Rancho de la Luna mainstays Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Chris Goss (Sound City Players), figures familiar to any disciple of the "desert rock" scene that gave the world Kyuss, Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age who both contributed guitar to the new record.
Although the album is now complete there's still no rest for the Beloveds. The band hit the road again this Spring to revisit Europe with their new material. They play the following dates:
April 14th - Glasgow UK, TBA
April 16th - London UK, The Islington
April 17th - Peterborough UK, The Solstice
April 18th - Southampton UK, The Joiners (with Mike Watt & The Missingmen)
April 19th - Bray IE, The Harbour
April 25th - Limerick IE, Indie Week
April 26th - Limerick IE, Indie Week
April 28th - Frankfurt GR, Ponyhof
April 29th - Cologne GR, Blue Shell
April 30th - Hannover GR, Café Glocksee (with Die Die Die)
May 1st - Hamburg GR, Astra Stube
May 2nd - Berlin GR, Privatclub
May 3rd - Dresden GR, Beatpol
May 4th - Munich GR, Milla
May 7th - Malmo SWE, TBA
May 8th - Stockholm SWE, TBA
May 9th - Copenhagen DEN, TBA
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.