Dear Boy Shares New Single and Video “Say When”
Debut Full Length Album out in 2022 on Last Gang
“You don’t have to come from across the great, big pond to have a bit of British edge to your band. Dear Boy may hail from Los Angeles, but their alternative sound carries with it distinct notes of post-Britpop stylings.” – Consequence of Sound
“LA’s charmingly monikered Dear Boy brilliantly recall those ‘Sound Of Young Scotland’ bands like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera – with their shimmering guitars, sparkling melodies and widescreen post-punk atmospherics. From the first notes of the skillfully flanged guitar, it’s like a time machine back to when mellifluous melodies seemed the only reasonable riposte to the bleak, mean Glasgow streets.” – Blackbook
“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.” – Ones To Watch
“Dear Boy has positioned themselves as a band worth indulging your youthful abandon with.” – NYLON
Los Angeles-based band Dear Boy excited to share the official video for “Say When,” the latest single to be lifted from their debut full-length album out next year on Last Gang Records. The video, which was directed by Dear Boy’s Ben Grey and shot by Jason Tippet, can be shared at YouTube and the song is available on all streaming services to add to your favorite playlists.
On the song Grey says:
Say When is about not knowing what you want, but convincing yourself you know who you want it with. When we find someone in life, we’re undoubtedly still finding ourselves, trying to control our connections rather than letting them be what they are. Loving someone for real means truly seeing them. Beyond the blur.
This was the last song written for our album. We started working on it during our first few weeks as a band and didn’t finish it until the last few weeks of recording. The song will always feel like the beginning of something new.
“Say When” follows the release of Dear Boy’s single “(On My Mind),” which Flood Magazine described as “indebted to romantic ’80s synth-pop and yearning ’90s Brit-pop. It’s like a robust camera flash—bright and bursting new wave.” “(On My) Mind” can be shared now on all streaming platforms.
Dear Boy is the torch bearer of lyric-forward guitar music and melody focused indie rock. The band has become an important voice in the LA underground music scene, crafting bittersweet songs inspired by late ’70s / early ’80s post-punk and early ’90s britpop, seen through their unique modern lens.
Dear Boy is a band of best friends from Los Angeles, California. Ben Grey (vocals / guitar), Austin Hayman (guitar), Keith Cooper (drums) and Lucy Lawrence (bass / vocals). With three EPs and a bouquet of singles, Dear Boy has earned an immense and loyal following, selling out headline shows from the Troubadour to The Teragram and touring with the likes of The Psychedelic Furs, James, Pete Yorn, Day Wave, Rogue Wave, Sunflower Bean, DMA’s & Peter Murphy. 2019 also saw the band performing at the Corona Capital festival in Mexico City and recording a live set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
In 2020 Dear Boy completed their debut full length album and in 2021, signed with Last Gang. The release will be Dear Boy’s first collaboration with the legendary label. Produced by the band and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Air, Phoenix, M83), the record also features contributions from Day Wave, Hazel English, Rogue Wave, AFI & Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit.
Dear Boy describes it as a “forever record.” They can’t wait to hear the band you start after you finish listening to it.