Toronto-based “barrage rock” band Dearly Beloved culled stories from its time on the road to write its latest album, Times Square Discount (which arrived Oct. 25 on Future Shock Records).
Vocalist-bassist Rob Higgins and vocalist-percussionist Niva Chow have toured 26 countries since forming the band in 2006 and have worked with numerous musicians over the years. This time around, those performers include OFF!’s Dimitri Coats, Bran Van 3000’s James Di Salvio and M83’s Jordan Lawlor. “It’s a collection of experiences over the last three years since our last record [2016’s Admission],” says Higgins, who met Chow while they were both attending the University of British Columbia. “A lot of the songs were born from the jokes we made while on the road.
“For example,” he continues, “the song ‘Al P’ is about a character we created in a hotel parking lot in Japan. We were joking about the pachinko place across the street while talking about Al Pacino, and Niva mixed up the words and said, ‘Al Pachinko,’ and I ran with it. That’s an example of the type of thing that fills up the record.”