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Album Review: The Dear & Departed – Chapters

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The Dear & Departed are not a new band. Several of the band’s original members were in Australian band Day of Contempt, where the band originated before moving stateside to Orange County, California. Releasing their first album Something Quite Peculiar in 2007 on Science Records, they began to get their name out by touring with bands like AFI and Avenged Sevenfold, even doing the Vans Warped Tour. In January 2010, they released a new EP, called Chapters, on Equal Vision Records.

The band is fronted by tattooer Dan Smith, who is becoming well-known as a tattoo artist at High Voltage Tattoo, serving as a cast member on Kat Von D’s LA Ink television show – Kat even visited the band as they recorded Chapters during an episode in September 2009.

Musically, the band are influenced by everyone from Morrissey to The Cure, and that is all obvious in the first listen. The songs all have a similar sound, but each has its own hook that is impossible to get out of your head. Chapters is an EP of five incredibly emotional, raw songs, but each hold their own in a listener’s head, with a mix of electronic elements and instrumental background which fits Smith’s voice perfectly. “Matter of Time”, “It Looks Like Rain” and “Tambourine Love” are a few of my personal favorites.

While similar to 2007’s Something Quite Peculiar, The Dear & Departed are far more put together with Chapters.


Written by Liz Van Pay

March 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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