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.
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. They create their own world every time out and when they play live they are a gigantic rumble, resonating somewhere deep within the earth below you.
Their latest 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.
Like the band itself, “ENDURO” is road tested: Higgins broke the record in at full volume, blasting through the Mojave at top-speed to make sure the message was being accurately sent, right before returning home to Toronto to begin his rigid touring schedule. It’s a record built for breaking boundaries, both physical—volume, speed, strength—and musical, in the way it effortlessly mixes countless genres that all have one thing in common: that they’re as loud as fuck.