Interview with Natalia Yanchak of The Dears

November 11, 2008

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Via e-mail

SC: I have to say I think you guys handled the leak as tastefully as I’ve ever seen.  Most bands come off sounding kind of  disconnected from reality at best and tool-ish at worst but your letters just made it sound like you really cared about your record.

NY: Thank you.

SC: How would you say this current album differs from your previous albums?

NY: Every album is a journey, taking us to another place both musically and thematically. Missiles is a step along this adventure, one that reflects on the past and looks to the future. For this reason, no two Dears albums will ever truly be “the same.”

SC: The idea of missiles tends to imply the larger more sweeping realm of politics and organization for me because of their own massive scale of destruction but the lyrics on the album seem more concerned with personal results of these grand systems.  How do you see the content of this album relating to the album’s title?

NY: That’s kind of it: an alternate working title was “Threats,” which also implied an impending doom, or the insecurity of modern, Western living.

SC: The video for “Money Babies” has some pretty direct imagery, what were your roles in the shaping of the video? (you can view it here)

NY: We are into scifi/apocalypse: Murray and I wrote our own treatment for this song and it kind of combined the films Children Of Men, Perfume: a Story of Murder and The Village. When we read this treatment by Anton Purr, we were totally into it because he nailed the fatalistic concept.  Read the rest of this entry »