THE DEARS PREPARE TO AMBUSH NORTH AMERICA; COAST-TO-COAST TOUR

The Dears are gearing up to launch a full-scale onslaught on North America. Fellow countrymen Jets Overhead and Black Diamond Bay will take over for the Canadian leg.

Hailed by Magnet as the band’s “rawest, nerviest work to date” and heralded as one of the “Top 50 Albums of 2008” by Under The Radar, the independent rock veterans’ fourth LP is a confident mission statement from a band that has experienced both exhilarating highs and crushing lows. This is none more evident than in second single “Disclaimer,” set to decimate at US radio. The opening track sets the tone for the 10-song collection as it delicately unfolds with drones and distorted rumbles before churning its way through an orchestral storm where singer Murray Lightburn declares that he’s “come back from almost death.”

A testament to The Dears’ dramatic pop sensibility paired with brutal honesty, Missiles is arguably their richest, most vivid recording to date. The album’s epic centerpiece, “Lights Off,” will soundtrack a scene on an upcoming episode of the highly-popular teen drama “Gossip Girl.”

THE DEARS ON TOUR WITH GREAT NORTHERN & EULOGIES

May 2 – Albany, N.Y. @ Valentines
May 4 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
May 5 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
May 7 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
May 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Diesel
May 9 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop
May 10 – Columbus, Ohio @ Skully’s
May 11 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Stick
May 13 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lakeshore Theater
May 14 – Columbia, Mo. @ Blue Note
May 16 – Denton, Texas @ Hailey’s
May 17 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse
May 18 – Austin, Texas @ Parish
May 22 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah
May 23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echoplex **
May 24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
May 26 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 27 – Seattle, Wash. @ Crocodile Lounge

THE DEARS ON TOUR WITH JETS OVERHEAD & BLACK DIAMOND BAY

May 29 – Victoria, British Columbia @ Sugar
May 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Richards on Richards
May 31 – Kelowna, British Columbia @ Habitat
June 2 – Calgary, Alberta @ Theatre Junction Grand
June 3 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Starlite Room
June 4 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Amigos
June 5 – Regina, Saskatchewan @ Distrikt
June 6 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ West End Cultural Center

* With Lioness only
** Without Great Northern

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