Who, exactly, are Dear And The Headlights? Sure, we know they're an indie-rock band from Arizona. They released their debut full-length, Small Steps, Heavy Hooves, to much critical praise in February 2007. Including a stop @ Lollapalooza, they toured the country over and again with a wider variety of bands (Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, Circa Survive to Dredg, Plain White T's to Fear Before The March Of Flames) than most acts will play with in their entire career, let alone a year. But really, this quintet-Ian Metzger (vocals/guitar/keys), Robert Cissell (guitar/keys), PJ Waxman (guitar/keys), Patrick Taylor (bass/keys) and Mark Kulvinskas (drums)-are just five guys who love creating music. No frills. No egos. No exceptions. "I just want to play music," affirms Metzger. "I don't have a strategy for doing so."
DATH are used to playing in front of disparate audiences with bands of all backgrounds. 2008 saw Dear And The Headlights on the road with more than seven very different packages-all which worked due to the band's universal appeal and broad musical scope. They also conquered Bamboozled Left & Bamboozled Festivals in 2008, which would be a pre-cursor to the varied festival circuit to come in 2009. "We are influenced by every kind of music," explains Waxman. "From Bob Dylan to Tool to Elliott Smith to Modest Mouse to the National to Leonard Cohen to Tera Melos to Cursive to the Beatles to Radiohead to Joanna Newsom. If anything, we sound like everyone."
The band's sophomore album, Drunk Like Bible Times was released September 30th, 2008 to more critical acclaim including Spin & Rolling Stone. DATH are used to playing in front of disparate audiences with bands of all backgrounds. Beginning with support tours for Steel Train and Margot & the Nuclear So & So's supporting DLBT in 2008, 2009 was a whirlwind tour schedule playing for a vast array of US & Canadian audiences @ Coachella, Bonnaroo, Anti-Pop, Summerfest & Warped Tour Festivals and completing several laps as headliners.
Two successful albums and a 3 years-plus of touring under their collective belts, Dear And The Headlights are poised for a breakout and more comfortable with their emerging identity. Settled and happy with their lineup, DATH are working on fresh material that reflects their current states as people and musicians. Dear And The Headlights have tapped into a sound that speaks to people of all musical "scenes," from screamo to folk. The band plan to elaborate on their sound-and capture some of their live energy-when they record the next album. As five musicians' musicians, that's all Dear And The Headlights are asking for, anyway.
Currently the band is on a touring hiatus, writing material for their third release with plans of turning on a whole new legion of fans to Dear And The Headlights' introspective, catchy, piano-laced, country-tinged rock.