Bitter-sweet alternative rock with roots in both post-punk and 90’s British guitar pop.
Born in Los Angeles, Dear Boy wrote their debut EP in Vauxhall, London. Tracked by Chad Bamford (Spiritualized) and mixed by Michael Patterson (Trent Rezn or, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), the DEAR BOY EP was released in September, 2013. Propelled by the single “Oh So Quiet,” Dear Boy built a devoted live following, headlining local venues such as the Troubadour and The Bootleg Theater, along with performances at SXSW 2014/15 in Austin, TX and a national tour supporting Kitten. They’ve also supported national acts such as Cloud Nothings, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Maccabees, Peter Murphy, NO, Meg Myers, Fenech Soler, X-Ambassadors, INVSN and Night Terrors of 1927.
August 12th, 2014 marked the release of the newly recorded single, “Hesitation Waltz,” produced by Doug Boehm (Girls) & mixed by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wire, Merchandise). Recorded in part at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, the anthemic “Hesitation Waltz” affirms “their new band identity by injecting some Anglophile-friendly edginess into their pop grandiosity” according to BuzzBands LA. “‘Hesitation Waltz’ is about the impossibility of reconnecting,” the band admits. “Before every fall, there is a moment that you take for granted. This song lives in that moment.”
September 11th, 2015 saw the release of the band’s first international 7” via Easy Hell / Manimal Vinyl, with “Hesitation Waltz” sharing the disc with Dear Boy’s previously unreleased take on “The Ghost in You” by The Psychedelic Furs.
Dear Boy is currently finishing up the work on EP 2, reuniting with producer Doug Boehm, due for release in Spring of 2016.
“You know when you really like a new band, and then you see them for the first time live, and then you like them even more? Well that just happened to me when I saw Dear Boy for the first time…” -Aaron Axelsen/LIVE 105
Dear Boy is Ben Grey (vox/guitar), Keith Cooper (drums), Austin Hayman (guitar) and Nils Bue (bass).
Dear or Die.