Let's hear it for the boy! Dear Boy
that is. The pop band from Los Angeles made their Detroit
debut as the opening act for the Psychedelic Furs and James show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this past Saturday night. For those of you who missed it, you missed a great performance!
I was glad to see that there were plenty people who did arrive early and enjoyed the band's show. It seems the band already has quite a few fans here in the city and are sure to have gained more judging by the enthusiastic response to their set.
Dear Boy set the stage for the night with their brand of Brit pop meets post punk and dreamy guitar driven songs. They played songs off their three E.P.s they released on their own indie label. They mixed older songs like “Hesitation Waltz” from their first self-titled release with a newer tune “Semester” off their 2019 Strawberry E.P. throughout the opening set. The band was named one of the best bands in LA by music critics in 2018.
They have supported artists such as Peter Murphy, The xx and Dear or Die and also embarked on a national tour with fellow indie band Rogue Wave.This was their first tour opening for these major acts and the band held their own with a remarkable performance. Lead vocalist Ben Grey announced
during their set “It was a dream come true” as he humbly thanked the fans in the crowd for helping them get to that point and for getting there early to see them perform. They also joined the audience after their set to watch the rest of the concert along with them.
So next time they return to our city, make sure you make a point to go see Dear Boy and
check out their music in the meantime.
Words: Sue Static; Photos: Kim Ski