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Who the hell are The Dears?

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 27 August 2004

So, who the hell are they? Canadians Murray Lightburn (vocals/guitar), Natalia Yanchak (keyboards/vocals), Valerie Jodoin-Keaton (keyboards/flute), Martin Pelland (bass), George Donoso III (drums) and Patrick Krief (guitar). Their stunning new single sounds like a mythical cross between the Smiths' 'Queen Is Dead' and Joy Division's 'Closer'. Hardly surprising that the Dears were named band of the festival at this year's influential South By Southwest, have grabbed an NME single of the week and had one Montreal paper voting them simultaneously third best band in the world and third most pretentious!

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