Admission is out now.
For me, mainstream rock seems a bit stagnant at the moment. The alternative choices are stellar. Insightful and hooky. But the mainstream ain’t in good nick. Hopefully Toronto’s Dearly Beloved can help remedy that situation. Combining stripped down riffs, high production value, and exceptional melodies, the band thunder and boom through ten tracks of catharsis on their latest release Admission.
We spoke to the band a bit about the stories behind each song on the record.
This song is for my sister. Never underestimate the healing power of a good rip. When life’s getting me down few things in life pick me up like playing music every night with my friends.
2. THESE DATA
The prison industrial complex. The military industrial complex. We live in a world run by psychopaths and the more one learns, or tries to learn, the more disgusting it all gets. It seems we live in an era of hopelessness and this song looks inward and to love for help.
3. I TRIED TO LEAVE
This song speaks to that hopelessness – a feeling that we and many of our friends have felt recently. The forces of control and division that keep us at each other’s throats are relentless and not participating can be difficult.
4. WHO WANTS TO KNOW?
It’s also an incredibly fascinating time to be alive. The possibilities for us as a species can be inspiring if you’re able to focus on them long enough. Unfortunately, informing yourself often leads to being misinformed and choosing to bury your head in the sand often just leads to being uninformed altogether.
5. STROBE DOSING
Manipulation of the masses. Rituals. The power of symbols and the images we process on a daily basis. This song is about rejecting them and replacing them, it’s about trying to assume control of what you digest.
This is a song about finding the courage to fight the currents that shape the world we live in. Sometimes, the best course of action is just to ignore the force of those incoming tides. We’re often much more capable than we think we are. No fear.
7. BLOOD IN THE WATER
Have you seen the movie Idiocracy?
8. BOXING DAYS
Black Friday. Boxing Day. Worst of or good times? You decide.
9. WHEN YOU HAD THE CHOICE
My father passed away in 2006 and it still fucks me up. Things can go dark when I think about him. I didn’t want this song on the album, to be honest, but our producer and the band and people around us all liked it so much that I stopped fighting them on it, in the hope that one day I’d get to a point where it would become a song I’d want to play live, or even hear back, for that matter. Not quite there yet.
10. FUTURE SHOCK
This album was written and recorded before Drumpf took over, and since the conditions that led to his presidency were present long before he got into office, we had plenty of material to work with. We couldn’t escape the feeling that a new wave of fascism was about to hit.