Words: Kelly Ronaldson
Psychedelic punk rock with a burst of indie rock and roll – that’s the simplest way to describe Toronto’s Dearly Beloved. Formed in 2005 by co-vocalist and bassist Rob Higgins (ex. Change of Heart & Doctor), the four-piece rockers have since released an incredible back catalouge. From the harsh punk sounds of their 2006 debut record You Are the Jaguar, to the catchy Brand New-esque grunge-rock that is Make It Bleed, right up to the ‘accidental’ Hawk vs. Pigeon LP in 2012, Dearly Beloved have been busy making a name for themselves all over the US, Canada and Europe. Now, here comes something new in the form of Enduro, released June 9th via Aporia.
The album opens with title track ‘Enduro’, a burst of grunge-punk mayhem with a catchy drum beat and vocals that would put 60s indie garage to shame. Track two brings us the most recent single from Dearly Beloved in the form of ‘Olympics of No Regard’, another upbeat grunge-punk track promises not to dissappoint. Enduro’s third track comes as a massive surprise; if you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like if Queens of the Stone Age collaborated with the Robert Smith era of Siouxie and the Banshees, look no further than ‘Astor DuPont Payne’. The whole album is an incredible mash up of some of the greatest punk bands of the last 40 years with heavy splashes of 90’s grunge and indie favourites all over the place, finishing with the slower, but still brilliant ‘Ether Binge’.
If you haven’t already listened to Dearly Beloved, then I can say with absolute certainty that you’re missing out; this is definitely one band to look out for in the future.