The Dears at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
After all the fuzz from their show in Mexico and getting familiar with their music, I was really looking forward to seeing The Dears live. They came back on a triumphant return to Philly on a CINCO DE MAYO night and the venue they chose for this was simply perfect. Johnny Brenda’s is a local bar in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia that offers not only great concerts but a nice selection of locally brewed beers and a nice menu. Shows at JB had grown from small bands to important indie groups such as The National and Broken Social Scene.
Eulogies and Great Northern opening acts were good, and I think that everyone at JB felt that way. However, I do not think I could say enough about how great The Dears performance was. They showed again what a great band they are and they kept everyone of us wanting for more. They do know drama and their epic arrangements, swelling crescendos and theatrical stage attitude made the experience far beyond a weekday rock concert.
The band led by the husband-and-wife team of front-man Murray Lightburn and keyboardist Natalia Yanchak covered most of the tunes from their 2008 release Missiles with additions here and there from Gang of Losers and even No Cities Left…And they did it all good from the beginning. They started the show almost seamlessly when Lightburn snuck into the audience – black leather jacket and wireless mic – with transitioning sounds of “Sinthro” that effortlessly evolved into “Saviour”. All of a sudden, there it was Lightburn in front of everyone, singing each syllable magnificently, almost painfully chanting “I’ll make it right…This time” like some sort of rock star preacher. Once up in the stage the band smoothly transitioned to “Money Babies” turning the switch to a glorious ON position…and that was just the beginning.
In addition to all the pics from their show in Philly, I leave a nice vid for you from their show in Toronto last week (April 30), showing their awesome way to kick-off their concert…enjoy.
More cool links for The Dears
The Dears Live at KCRW-Morning Becomes Eclectic - OCT 30 2008
Vids from The Dears in QTV