At: Guitar Center Podcast Features New Performances From The Dears

posted May 6, 2011

At: Guitar Center Podcast Features New Performances From The Dears

Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, has released a new episode of their At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast featuring The Dears, old school popsters who just released their fifth studio album, Degeneration Street. Joined by founding member Murray Lightburn and songwriter and guitarist Patrick Krief, host Nic Harcourt helps the duo take listeners through the history of an early indie upstart - from achieving great critical success with their second album to a series of shows at South by Southwest in Austin, TX that helped launch their career internationally in 2003.

With more than a decade of songwriting and touring experience, The Dears have a rich history that is evident in their interactions with each other. Lightburn and Krief discuss the process that gives them the ability to create the lavish songs that grace their newest album, offering performances of "Tiny Man" and "Thrones" in the studio. They also discuss writing both of the tracks, citing a creative process that grew as The Dears "came into their own thing." Where influences are concerned, Lightburn has many, but he indicates a moment in time where musicians' influences become less important than the environment in which they perform and write songs.

"In the early days, I had influences, and then as time wore on and the more songs I wrote, I came in to my own," said Lightburn. "It's the same thing with The Dears - the Dear's just came into their own thing. Eventually, it's gonna happen. You just have your own identity."

With Degeneration Street released this year, The Dears continue to develop the Montreal sound and to create music that maintains the dark, orchestral qualities that put them on the map. In this At: Guitar Center Podcast, The Dears also discuss the gear that helps them create a signature sound.

"I have an Explorer which was inspired by the Edge," said Lightburn. "It was a total guilty pleasure - because it's one of those things that I shouldn't have bought, but I bought it anyway. And it's an awesome guitar."

At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt is a new podcast hosted by renowned music tastemaker Nic Harcourt, who was recently announced as MTV's first music supervisor in residence. Featuring riveting interviews and intimate performances with some of the most compelling names in music, upcoming podcasts include Nikki Sixx, Black Tide and others. The podcasts are free and are available on the iTunes, Zune and Blackberry networks as well as