Montreal-based The Dears just released the video for their powerful new single, "Whites Only Party," off their new album Gang of Losers. The race-rights song (sung by lead singer Murray Lightburn, who happens to be black) could easily have had a harsh, angry tone, but instead the Dears go at with a softer approach. The beautiful song captures the anger without spewing venom.
The band is known for their dark yet luxuriously layered pop and this song fits that mold. From the start of the track, its upbeat tempo, happy keys and bouncy drums lead to believe it's going to be a happy dance tune, but as soon as Lightburn starts in you know it's quite the opposite. The song moves darker, with swirling, haunting guitars and Lightburn's Morrissey-like vocals and high staccato.
"I wanna know how you did it/you waltzed right passed through the door/while we struggled here at the gates and can't get through/We could've followed you and made you look like fools/But who cares/We'd still be true."
Watching the video move from scenes of a '50s "whites only" party (not necessarily the case in reality but for purposes of the video it works) to a montage of black people protesting, the dichotomy is powerful.
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