Given life in 2011 and named after the late grandmother of Dylan Dickerson, Dear Blanca consists of Dickerson himself, long-time bandmate Marc Coty on drums, Cam Powell on bass, and Dayne Lee on vocals/percussion. Offering an eclectic range of sounds inspired by diverse acts such as 80′s punk group the Minutemen as well as Townes Van Zandt, Dear Blanca promises energetic rock music coupled with folk-songwriting aesthetics both mild-mannered and rambunctious.
Dear Blanca’s debut LP, Talker, was released on February 12, 2013 via Post-Echo. In late 2013, the band began recording their full-length follow-up, Pobrecito, to be released July 29, 2014.
You can stream “Boulders” and “Noma”, the first two singles from Pobrecito, below.
“… 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.”
“… a truly special track.”
“… 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.”
“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)
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“…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.”
“Indeed, Talker is a must-listen, and the first truly great Columbia record of 2013.”
“This is what modern blues should sound like; raw, emotional, ragged and full of passion, not simply proficiency.”
“… for those who allow themselves to soak up the power and the poignancy of the human voice, there’s no turning back.”