Originally released May 22, 2012 via eOne Music Canada, Hawk vs. Pigeon is the latest buzz bomb from bass masher Rob Higgins and fellow co-vocalist Niva Chow who, together, form Dearly Beloved.
With UK and European tour dates lined up throughout September 2013, even more in November for continental Europe plus a new album slated for release in 2014, Dearly Beloved knew it was time for Hawk vs. Pigeon to find a home for an overseas release. Aporia Records, a Canadian independent label based in Toronto with distribution partnerships worldwide, will be releasing a Hawk vs. Pigeon (Redux) on Oct. 14 in Europe and the UK with a USA release date to follow.
“Just this past May, we took our European tour aspirations and a ‘why not?’ approach to playing Indie Week Ireland and that trip led directly to working with AMA Music Agency in Dublin,” recalls Higgins. “As well, a plum opening slot at an all ages gig at Glasgow’s best venue, the Classic Grand, that offered up some more gigs…the train kept rolling. Synchronicity, kismet, call it what you like but we’ve experienced it more than a few times these last three or four years.”
Hawk vs. Pigeon (Redux) features completely new album artwork, an inspired and fresh re-sequencing of the album and a previously un-released bonus collaboration called “Never Tell The Truth” with Patrick Pentland of Sloan.
“Releasing this revamped version of Hawk vs. Pigeon is like breathing a second life into the album,” says Chow. “I’m excited to rock this next phase of Dearly Beloved.”
Hawk vs. Pigeon was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho De La Luna and the band’s Phoebe Street Studios and features a veritable who’s who of outstanding guest musician appearances: Dave Catching of Eagles Of Death Metal /Earthlings?, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Mars Volta/M83 alumni Dave Elitch, Jeff Heisholt of The Trews and Care Failure of Die Mannequin.
“I have always championed Dearly Beloved and I am a huge fan of their live show,” says Pentland. “Their songs are the perfect blend of the excitement of punk rock, the sing-a-long-ability of pop with a dash of muso/prog rock noodleing, thanks in large part to Higgins’ amazing bass skills. High powered riffs and melody lines that make me jealous. “
DEARLY BELOVED UK & EUROPE TOUR
Sept. 7: Southampton, UK @ Joiner’s
Sept. 8: Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy 2
Sept. 9: London, UK @ Barfly
Sept. 10: Manchester, UK @ Alter Ego
Sept. 11: Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation
Sept. 12: Glasgow, SCO @ Garage 2
Sept. 13: Edinburgh, SCO @ Liquid Rooms
Sept. 16: Paris, FR @ Le Pop In
Sept. 19: Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Sept. 20: Mullingar, IE @ Number 1
* More dates to be announced