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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
7:00 PM
15 RSVPs
We're delighted to be working with The Dears for the first time for their first Manchester show in six years!

The Dears have announced the release of their seventh studio album, Times Infinity Volume Two, due 14 July 2017 through Dangerbird Records. The album is the second instalment of a two-album project from the Montréal band. Following a six-year absence,The Dears made their return to the UK earlier in 2017, with the much-applauded release of Times Infinity Volume One and a run of sold-out UK and European live shows (the band's first since 2011). The Dears are currently sharing the first track to be lifted from Volume Two, Of Fisticuffs.

Volume Two sees the completion of a body of work, which founding members Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak recorded over a two year period between Toronto's Revolution Recording and Montréal's Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango. Speaking about the process, Lightburn says of the final mix sessions for Volume Two: 'At the hotel2tango, it had been a 20-hour day. I worked deliriously towards finishing Volume Two. In part it was because I knew precisely how it was all supposed to fit together but mostly because there was another band's session coming within just hours. It really recalled those overnight mixing sessions for No Cities Left, complete with a fresh-faced Howard (studio co-owner Bilerman) arriving in the morning, coffee in hand, asking, how did it go? I still don't really know. But I did my best.' Both Lightburn and Yanchak identify Volume Two a record driven by an unmistakeable sense of unease as the comparatively darker component of the Times Infinity series.

The Dears have majored in bristling honesty throughout their 25 year-strong career, and Volume Two is no less candid, with the microscope turned on Lightburn and Yanchak themselves. Propelled by driving bass-lines, fractious early single Of Fisticuffs doubles down on the propulsive agitation of Times Infinity's first instalment, typifying the universal, everyday tightrope of choosing which battles to fight. For Lightburn and Yanchak married with a young family of their own a sense of protecting what's important runs deep through Volume Two, though rendered with disarming tenderness.

The Dears emerged out of the early Noughties Canadian indie renaissance, cementing their orchestral-pop- noir sound with celebrated debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album No Cities Left, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SxSW 2004 launched their international career. Gang of Losers, released in 2006, was well received by the press, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A tumultuous transitory period followed. The Dears emerged, stolid, with another meticulously crafted classic, Missiles, in 2008, and later 2011's Degeneration Street.

'Murray Lightburn remains one of pop's most literate and fearless lyricists, and he and his wife, Natalia Yanchak, have produced their best work here since 2006's Gang of Losers' Sunday Times

'Artful, accessiblea stalwart of orchestral, anthemic rock' NYLON

Tour support comes from Annie Hart. Annie Hart is best known as one-third of Au Revoir Simone, the beloved all-female synth trio that counts David Lynch as a superfan. But with the eight tracks on her solo debut, Impossible Accomplice (Uninhabitable Mansions, 28 July), Annie will emerge as an electrifying artist and producer in her own right.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.