Stream Dear Boy's The Strawberry EP at Ones To Watch
Los Angeles-based band Dear Boy will release The Strawberry EP on March 1 via the band's own label Easy Hell and Burnside/The Orchard (pre-order). In anticipation of Friday's release date, the EP is streaming in full along with an exclusive interview with Dear Boy's Ben Grey at Ones To Watch. About The Strawberry EP Ones To Watch says, "The band's wildly creative nature that has attracted not only a wildly devoted fan base, but the respect of fellow artists who have gone on to be collaborators. The Strawberry EP features appearances by their friends Day Wave, Hazel English, and Patrick Spurgeon of Rogue Wave. The four real life friends that make up Dear Boy (vocalist Ben Grey, guitarist Austin Hayman, drummer Keith Cooper, and bassist Lucy Lawrence) have made something that is deeply personal, while celebrating their city and challenging the direction of modern guitar music."
Early this month the band released the official video for "Semester" from The Strawberry EP. The video which was directed by Samuel Bayer (The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, The Jesus and Mary Chain, David Bowie, Green Day, The Strokes and more) premiered at Flaunt Magazine and is also available to share at YouTube. About the video Dear Boy's Ben Grey says:
We realized that Dear Boy had never made a performance video... And so when Sam approached us about working together, it was not lost on us that we were talking about doing one with the person who essentially created the performance video.
We shot it during one afternoon at our friend's art gallery, Noh / Wave in Downtown Los Angeles, against some beautiful Aaron Westerberg paintings, in 100 degree heat... it was sweaty and gnarly and special and we'll never forget it.
Dear Boy had an immense 2018. They were hailed as one of the best bands in Los Angeles by critics and music publications, sold out multiple hometown shows, embarked on a full US tour with Rogue Wave, while also playing dates with Day Wave and Sunflower Bean. Dear Boy will performing atSXSW this spring and will announce additional shows in the coming weeks.
The four band members and real-life friends that make up Dear Boy (vocalist Ben Grey, guitarist Austin Hayman, drummer Keith Cooper, and bassist Lucy Lawrence) have made something that is deeply personal, while celebrating their city and challenging the direction of modern guitar music.
Along with a wildly devoted fan base, the band has inspired the respect of fellow artists, so it should come as no surprise that The Strawberry EP features appearances by their friends Day Wave, Hazel English and Patrick Spurgeon of Rogue Wave. Produced by Dear Boy, and mixed by Tony Hoffer(AIR, Phoenix, Beck, M83), the EP once again showcases the band's ability to craft bittersweet songs pulling from late 70's / early 80's Post-Punk and early 90's Britpop, large enough for arenas, but intimate enough to be with you during your most private moments.
Dear Boy Tour Dates
March 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (KROQ Locals Only Fest)
March 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
March 13 - Austin, TX @ Shiner's Saloon - Conscious Immaturity Showcase (9:00 PM)
March 15 - Austin, TX @ Biggest Littest Bar in Austin - Best Lil' Big Fest (3:00 PM)
March 16 - Austin, TX @ Lamberts - SXSW Official Showcase (12:00 AM)