DEARLY BELOVED is a monster of a band. Echoing through the snowy valleys and the jagged edges of the Great White North come the rapid, urgent bass lines of Rob Higgins and the confrontational wails of co-vocalist Niva Chow. The pair drive their music forward like an apocalyptic oil tanker from some Mad Max-ian dystopic future.
About The BandBred for the road like a rabid beast, Dearly Beloved hit the 100,000 km mark in 2014 and is either on tour or preparing for their next one, opting for frequent jumps across the pond to the UK and Europe when their home base of Canada simply becomes too small for their ferocity. Their influence has as much to do with Fear and Black Flag as it does Queens and Sabbath, mixing the speed and primal energy of hardcore punk with the brooding atmosphere of psych rock. All you need to know about Dearly Beloved is that they create their own world every time out and when they play live it is a gigantic rumble, resonating somewhere deep within the earth below you: it shakes the foundations of your soul, and it might be one of the loudest sounds you’ve ever heard. Their 2014 album “ENDURO”, available in Canada via eOne Music and worldwide via Aporia Records / Shellshock / Broken Silence was conceived during a handful of maniacal days spent at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna, overseen by Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, ex-Queens of the Stone Age) with Higgins himself at the controls. The band then spent some time tracking at Phoebe St., their own studio in Toronto, before the album was given a pristine mix down in Seattle by Grammy Award-winning producer, Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam). Topped off with an A-grade lineup of contributors such as Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) for some trebly and frantic guitar duties and Los Angeles-area drum guru Dave Elitch (Killer Be Killed, Antemasque, ex-Mars Volta) as well as Canadian indie rock lone wolf, Eamon McGrath, the record is a document of the ballistic energy laid to wax when four Canadians leave their winter climate for a psychedelic writing experience deep within the heart of the High Desert.
“Hits every sweet spot for any fan of rock music played with absolute abandon and zero calculation.” – Scene Magazine
“A scuzzy punk/metal rumble which will appeal to fans of QOTSA, Black Flag and Black Sabbath alike.” – Team Rock
“The record positively shudders with the gusto and energy that so characterizes the band.”- Louder Than War