The Dears have announced Return To Lovers Rock, an expanded digital edition of their most recent album, Lovers Rock. The new release comes as the Montreal band prepare for a stretch of UK shows.
The new collection adds five acoustic recordings, including the single “I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful (Acoustic)” which is available today for streaming on all digital platforms.
The Dears’ Natalia Yanchak said: “We originally released Lovers Rock in 2020. It was an album we were, and are still, very proud of. Murray and I recorded an acoustic session just before we released the album. Again, back in 2020 we spent the day at Hotel2Tango studio in Montreal — we put out the videos of some of these sessions, but now can finally share the audio on this deluxe upgraded version of the album, Return to Lovers Rock. It’s kind of like Return to the Planet of the Apes: we can’t not go back there. There’s unfinished business down on Lovers Rock, so it’s time for a spin off!”
The release of Return To Lovers Rock kicks off a whirlwind Autumn for the Montreal band. The Dears’ return to the road for a long-delayed tour of the UK and Europe kicks off at the Reeperbahn Festival, followed by a run of newly-announced dates in Mexico.
“After all this time, the re-re-rescheduling of tour dates and the re-re-re-anticipation of playing shows — it’s a little hard to believe these shows in September/October are finally going to happen!” Yanchak added. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces out there, and singing some songs together like we did in the old days.”
Marking a triumphant return for the band, The Dears are guaranteed to deliver a cathartic set packed with classics from their 8 albums alongside material from their latest release ‘Lovers Rock’.
The record saw Murray Lightburn (vocals, guitar, “other”) and Natalia Yanchak (vocals, piano) joined by longtime drummer Jeff “Looch” Luciani as well as Steve Raegele(guitar) and Rémi-Jean LeBlanc (bass), and also featured a string section, a cameo from fellow Montrealer Sam Roberts and saxophone from both Alex Francoeur and the E Street Band’s Jake Clemons.
THE DEARS – RETURN TO LOVERS ROCK
1 – Heart Of An Animal
2 – I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful
3 – Instant Nightmare!
4 – Is This What You Really Want?
5 – The Worst In Us
6 – Stille Lost
7 – No Place on Earth
8 – Play Dead
9 – Too Many Wrongs
10 – We’ll Go Into Hiding
11 – I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful (Acoustic)
12 – Instant Nightmare! (Acoustic)
13 – Is This What You Really Want? (Acoustic)
14 – Too Many Wrongs (Acoustic)
15 – We’ll Go Into Hiding (Acoustic)