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Combining anecdotal musings and concise arrangements, Dear Blanca retrofits post-punk grit with wide ranging rhythmic feel. Led by Dylan Dickerson’s introspective warble and multi-voiced guitar lines, drummer Marc Coty and bassist Cam Powell sync to bridge obtuse folk ambling with taut grooves. The trio’s resilient musical energy lends a sense of cautious optimism, acting as an emotional life preserver that guides the listener through somber undertones.

Dear Blanca’s first two full-length releases, 2013’s Talker and 2014’s Pobrecito, were engineered and produced by Charlotte, N.C. based musician Bo White. In May 2015, the band recorded a five-song EP, entitled I Don’t Mean to Dwell, with Durham, N.C. producer Scott Solter (Mountain Goats, St. Vincent, Spoon), released March 4, 2016 and streaming below.

Earlier this spring, the trio returned to the studio with Charleston’s Wolfgang Zimmerman to record their second album of 2016, To Tell A Half-Truth (to be released September 16th). A stunningly poignant collection of music unlike anything the band has yet produced, you can now stream To Tell A Half-Truth‘s lead single, “Out Of View” below.

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“While other artists take past experiences as inspirations for their music, Dear Blanca tapped into something much deeper…”

– MySpace (on “Out Of View”)

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“A sobering, full-bodied bout of immoveable guitar-pop, I Don’t Mean To Dwell is the most spirited of rides; the kind of collection that grabs you in a vice-like grip and simply shakes your bones until you feel the power of its convictions.”

– GoldFlakePaint (on I Don’t Mean to Dwell)

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“The track glides along with charming intensity — momentum that is neither anxious or excessive. There are near-frantic moments but they gracefully collapse upon themselves, or perhaps work themselves out.”

– The Blue Indian (on “Temporary Solution”)

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“I mean, EPs aren’t supposed to be this good, right?”

– Soundchips (on I Don’t Mean to Dwell)

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“… if listened to at just the right level, you’re going to get helplessly covered in chills. Like hair on the back of the neck standing up type of stuff.”

– Soundchips (on “Temporary Solution”)

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“Pay attention to these guys starting now.”

Austin Town Hall (on “Temporary Solution”)

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“The familiar sound of Dylan Dickerson’s signature guitar-picking is joined by a taut, pristine lead guitar line and a warm, buoyant rhythm section that gives the track a kind of bittersweet chime…”

– Free Times (on “Temporary Solution”)

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“Dear Blanca have managed to create an original, raw album. That creative and resonating sound of talent is evident; like Brian Jonestown Massacre’s music… full of pained emotion and feel.”

– With Guitars (on Pobrecito)

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“Regardless of how you categorize it, Pobrecito firmly and deservedly earns a ‘get-it-now’ endorsement.”

– Soundchips

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“Still up there with the very best bands in South Carolina, Dear Blanca don’t need your sympathy, just your appreciation.”

– SC Music Guide

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“Can we get this band on tour with Conor Oberst already?”

– Independent Clauses

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“… equal parts intimate and beautiful as they are powerful and breathtaking.”

Austin Town Hall on “Noma”

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“… a wrenching catharsis that calls back to that point in pretty much every young person’s life when you find yourself restless and angry and ready to rush away from everything you’ve ever known.”

– Jordan Lawrence, Free Times on “Boulders”

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“… a truly special track.”

– Austin Town Hall on “Boulders”

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“… a collection of fuzzy, punk-infused and folk-ish rock that lends credibility to Dickerson’s claimed influences, which range from the Minutemen to Townes Van Zandt.”

– Jordan Lawrence, Shuffle Magazine

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“The arrangements enrich Dear Blanca’s songs, which, if you’ve seen the band live this year you already know, stand pretty tall on their own.”

– Patrick Wall, Free Times, (Top Local Release of 2013, #3)

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“The Columbia, SC band dial up the grit, rawness, and soul and do indeed ‘Dance to Besame Mucho’ in the track’s irreverent singalong-inviting hook”

– Blahblahblah Science on “Havana Tonight” (8.4/10)

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“Dickerson’s voice quivers with grit on the new track and is offset by a female led response chorus. The slightly overdriven bluesy guitar rambles its way through four minutes building and falling off with deep southern exchanges.”

– David Stringer, Scene SC

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“It’s a careening track that feels as if it will fall apart at any moment, late-period Tom Waits mixed with a jazz/punk/indie aesthetic that comes out on top like the last kid standing in an epic game of King of the Mountain, breathless yet triumphant.”

– Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters, on “Havana Tonight

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“Dylan Dickerson isn’t an aging roadhouse warrior, however, just a young whippersnapper with the heart and musical soul of someone much more weary than he could possibly be.”

– Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters

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“…if you love saxophone, this is your jam. I expect to be listening to Talker for a long time, and I look forward to what Dear Blanca will put out in the future.”

– Independent Clauses

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“Indeed, Talker is a must-listen, and the first truly great Columbia record of 2013.”

– Patrick Wall, Free Times

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“This is what modern blues should sound like; raw, emotional, ragged and full of passion, not simply proficiency.”

– The Sound of Confusion

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“… for those who allow themselves to soak up the power and the poignancy of the human voice, there’s no turning back.”

– Kyle Petersen, Jasper Magazine, p.54

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