Leading up to their new album, The Dears weren't sure if they'd even continue as a band. But they sound totally rejuvenated on their new single "I Used To Pray For The Heavens To Fall," their moody indie rock layered with tropical licks, horns and, naturally, a towering guitar solo crescendo. It's still classic Dears bombast, but it's sounding a bit more vibrant, almost TV On The Radio-esque in its sophisticated arrangement.
Still, this is a band that's hard not to associate with the initial Montreal indie boom, that first spark of the internet's growing influence on how we listen to music. And so the idea of a lyric video seems almost alien. But this first Dears lyric video is much more than a lyric video - a gripping tale of a flightless Hercules beetle and his soaring (and tragic) plans. Sinbad Richardson (who also directed The Dears' "Omega Dog")'s animation is playful and dynamic, recalling '90s MTV left-field alt-hits like Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" more than anything that would usually premiere online.
"Believe it or not, this is our very first 'lyric video,'" says the Dears' Murray Lightburn. "We asked our pal Sinbad to create something special, something that would appeal to everyone, young and old. What he delivered was a 'lyric video+' that made [Dears keyboardist] Natalia [Yanchak] cry the first time she saw it. "