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The Dears

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"The Dears" are a Canadian indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec.

The band formed in 1995 and released their first album, ''End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story'', in 2000. In 2001 and 2002 they also released the EPs ''Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique'' and ''Protest'', as well as a collection of unreleased songs, ''Nor the Dahlias''. They have opened for Sloan and Morrissey. In 2003 they released their second full-length album, ''No Cities Left''.

The lineup of the band changes frequently, the only constant member being Murray Lightburn. The current members of the band are George Donoso, Valerie Jodoin-Keaton, Patrick Krief, Martin Pelland, and Lightburn's wife, Natalia Yanchak - and have been since 2004.

The band's music has been described as a cross between The Smiths, Serge Gainsbourg and Joy Division, with Lightburn's singing voice being likened to that of Blur's Damon Albarn and, more obviously, Morrissey of The Smiths.

On April 26th 2006 Murray posted a MySpace blog which contained information about their upcoming album. Titled as ''Gang of Losers'', it's set to be released at...

years active 1995 – present
origin Montreal, Quebec
music genre Indie rock
current members Murray Lightburn
George Donoso
Valerie Jodoin-Keaton
Natalia Yanchak
Patrick Krief
Martin Pelland
past members Richard MacDonald
John Tod
Andrew White
Roberto Arquilla
Brigitte Mayes
Jonathan Cohen
Rob Benvie
Joseph Donovan
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