Canadian garage-punk two-piece Dearly Beloved are channelling old school rock n’ roll through their punk aesthetic and their 2016 record ‘Admission’ showcased how their fuzzy style gives them an edge over their peers. Before the band hit the road with Bash & Pop for a few UK dates, we caught up with Rob Higgins from the band who talked us through his five favourite duos throughout the years and picked a real mixed bag of genres.
I was late to this party but no duo has had my attention lately more than Suicide. Been binging on it like Rocky Road and their music has definitely impacted what we’ve been doing in the studio.
‘Ghost Rider’ … love at first listen.
RUN THE JEWELS
Our drummer Aaron Morrice turned us on to RTJ when we first met and ever since it’s become a staple in the van and often right before we go on stage. Even their Tiny Desk Concert thing ruled. And a band we opened for on tour once asked us to stop playing them before we went on. Something to say with a sense of humour and beats I can bug out to. What’s not to like?
Lie, Cheat, Steal. Everybody’s doing it.
ROB AND JOHN WRIGHT
As far as duos within a band go, I have to mention these guys. They might not be iconic to you but they sure as fuck are to me. The Wright brothers are national treasures as far as I’m concerned and as NoMeansNo they let the younger me know it was ok to mash up hardcore, prog and whatever else I felt like doing. And that music could be complex, fast, biting and politically charged while maintaining a sense of humour and a very down to earth vibe. As far as Canadians go, they’re right up there with and as iconic to me as Bob and Doug McKenzie. You may want to consider listening to the album ‘Wrong’. A lot.
‘Two Lips, Two Lungs and One Tongue’ is everything …
They might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I like me some Sleaford Mods, especially in the context of these times. There’s no denying the power of love but they’re particularly good at telling someone that’s earned it to fuck right off and that should be commended.
‘Jolly F*cker’ is a gas …
IKE AND TINA
Tina … incredible. Just watch this clip of them covering ‘Proud Mary’ by CCR. Wow. WOW!
Dearly Beloved hit the road this month with Bash & Pop (Tommy Stinson from The Replacements). See below for dates:
JUNE 27 – GLASGOW, King Tuts
JUNE 28 – Manchester Deaf Institute
JUNE 29 – LONDON, Garage
JUNE 30 – RAMSGATE, Music Hall