With their forthcoming debut album, ‘This House Has No Windows’, Wolverhampton based quartet Dearist present a band of dynamic emotional rock that sees lyricist Adam Binder take from a range of influences from both home and abroad. The end result is a compelling and thrilling record that sees Dearist make their mark in a big way.
With an album full of impassioned melodic hooks and vibrant rhythms, we wanted to know who and what inspired Binder and company during the making of ‘This House Has No Windows’. Thankfully the vocalist/bassist was more than willing to spill the beans and tell us who has influenced Dearist.
Incase you missed it last week, we premiered ‘Reign’ by Dearist here.
When I first started Dearist, I wanted it to sound exactly like Lydia. Lydia is one of those bands for me that you can whack on a couple of times a month and you never get bored. I love every album they have released but I first heard of them when they released their first album out ‘This December, Its One More And I’m Free’. I’m not even sure this album is available anywhere anymore, it’s not available on Spotify or Apple Music, which is sad, but if anyone wants to hear it, hit me up, I’ll send it you. This album, along with their second ‘Illuminate’, peaks and troughs in the most splendid way. This is something I always wanted to recreate, an album that goes from the mega loud to the super quiet. I personally love albums like that, I find those are the albums that you can keep going back to time and time again. A lot of the first songs I wrote for the Dearist album had pianos and programmed strings sections (like Lydia do) but most, if not all of them were cut in the later stages of writing as they didn’t seem to sit right when we got into a practice room.
I wouldn’t say I was a die hard Jesse Lacey and Co fan but I’m very close. Our guitarist Chris Tucker is however, we both recently bought the ‘Deja Entendu’ vinyl when all that mayhem went down. We also got tickets to see them on their recent UK tour, seeing them in such a small venue was awesome. I think we’ve both always wanted to be in a band like Brand New. I always find the most inspiring thing about Brand New is that individually each member of the band is not what I would describe as “incredible’ on their instrument, however as a collective and through their songwriting they are. Each album they have made has been different and even though it did take me a while to get into ‘Daisy’ I would say each album is genius.
Sunny Day Real Estate
When I first discovered "rock’” music, I very quickly found the world of pop punk and didn’t stray to far from that path for a while. I think, like a lot of people you start wanting to hear the music that influenced your favourite bands. I can’t very often “get into” older bands but Sunny Day struck a chord. They are the masters of the loud/quiet thing that I love so much, their sound is just the right amount of “dark” I like too. I love how the singer sings just a notch above whispering at times. It also took me an age to realise that the bassist is the dude from Foo Fighters, which blew my mind.
I wouldn’t say that any of the Dearist songs sound like they belong in the 90s Britpop era, however as with my Sunny Day discovery, at the time of writing/recording, I was trying to listen to music in the past I may have previously missed or overlooked. I’m not of the right age to have fully enjoyed the Oasis vs Blur showdown, and a lot of current bands I like ,such as Basement and Citizen, have name checked them so I thought I’d take trip down the halls of UK musical history. Radiohead, The Stereophonics, Space. It must have been a great time to be in a band from the UK. For someone that listens to a lot of American bands, it made me really appreciate that sound British songwriters have, you can hear it in modern bands like Lower Than Atlantis and The Xcerts.
Ace Enders (The Early November)
I pretty much love everything Ace Enders has done, from TEN to I Can Make A Mess though nothing will ever top ‘The Rooms Too Cold’ for me. At the risk of sounding repetitive, this comes down to the loud/quiet contrast thing and starting the album with an acoustic song was ballsy. What I have found most inspiring about Ace in recent years, is that he has recorded and produced his own music in his own studio. I recorded and mixed the Dearist album and seeing pictures and videos of Ace in his studio making the ‘In Currents’ album really made me want to do the same. It takes a lot of organisation to get your band into the studio but its a lot easier when the studio is just in your spare room, garage or cellar (I moved house a few times while recording the album but there was always a space to record in).
‘This House Has No Windows’ by Dearist is released on October 23rd on Close To Home Records.