- The Dears release the acoustic version of "Is This What You Really Want?" as they announce their new tour.
The Dears have released the acoustic version of their song “Is This What You Really Want?” from their latest album Lovers Rock that released last month.
The stripped-back, acoustic video of “Is This What You Really Want?” is part of the band’s announcement about the rescheduling of their West Coast U.S. dates, now set for February 2021, along with a career-spanning NPR Livestream Session by Lightburn, July 16 @ 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The band, whose first album No Cities Left was a crepuscular, romantic soundtrack to uncertain times, released Lovers Rock in a time that also was riddled with uncertainty and crisis.
“There’s a direct line between the sort of doominess of No Cities Left and this album,” Lightburn says. “You could go straight from Lovers Rock to No Cities Left and it’s like they’re interlocked. But it’s a different kind of doom. Around 2001, it felt like, ‘We have no control. We don’t know what’s going to happen next.’ Now it’s a doom that’s within our grasp. It’s in the air. It’s between us. But we do nothing about it.”
The band’s two core members, Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, work within certain sonic and aesthetic parameters that can be both unsettlingly experimental and impossibly lush. You could still call it pop music, “but it’s a different kind of pop music,” says Lightburn. “It’s very focused on a certain type of person. I’m embracing the idea that we’re providing a service,” he adds. Part of that, he thinks, comes from being a parent: “I’m in service to these other humans, so I embrace that role as an artist. I’m making this music because I know that there are people out there who need it.”
“The question we’re asking in the music is, ‘how do we navigate so much bullshit in this world?’” says Lightburn. “We’re still playing this dumb rock music. But there’s always gonna be a little twist of the knife, cutting into something deep to make you feel like you’re alive. To say, ‘I know what you’re going through. And I’m hearing you, and I’m with you.’ That’s what the music is supposed to do.”
Watch the video for “Is This What You Really Want?” below.
11/10 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub [tickets]
11/12 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon Bomonti [tickets]
11/13 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noiree [tickets]
11/15 – Brussels, BE @ Le Bontanique [tickets]
11/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso [tickets]
11/18 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown [tickets]
11/19 – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms [tickets]
11/21 – Glasgow, UK @ Drygate Theatre [tickets]
11/22 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute [tickets]
11/23 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange [tickets]
11/24 – London, UK @ The Garage [tickets]
11/25 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach [tickets]
11/27 – Athens, GR @ The Temple [tickets]
12/05 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion [tickets]
12/06 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern [early show tickets] + [late show tickets]
12/07 – Hamilton, ON @ Mills Hardware [tickets]
12/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade [tickets]12/12 – Washington DC @ DC9 [tickets]
02/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill [tickets]
02/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge [tickets]
02/11 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar [tickets]