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Interview:
Matthew Dear Wraps His Big Hands Around New Band
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been a busy year for Ann Arbor electronic musician Matthew Dear. He’s released albums under his own name (“Asa Breed”) and his alter egos Audion (“Mouth to Mouth (Remixes)” and “Noiser/Fred’s Bells”) and False (“Fed on Youth”).

And he’s also launched a full-scale live band, Matthew Dear’s Big Hands, which presents him with the daunting task of being a frontman rather than hunching behind his laptops and sequencers.

“I can get away with singing in my own style,” Dear, 28, notes. “My songs don’t require me to sing opera. I probably couldn’t sing a scale if you asked me to. But I have my own way of getting by.

“And this way, with (the band), I don’t have to have a backing track or lip sync. It can be a real show.

Big Hands includes members of the nowdefunct Bear vs. Shark and another group called Cannons. Dear says that “it’s been awesome they’ve devoted the year to touring with me,” and he feels that his material lends itself to band as well as DJ treatments.

“I like to call it experimental pop music,” Dear explains. “It’s definitely melody driven, and to me, melody is pop. That doesn’t just mean Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake to me; it means good, addictive, melodic music. You can make more experimental music behind it, but in the end, it’s all pop.”



Matthew Dear’s Big Hands, Javelins, 800Beloved and Jeff Owens perform Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (734) 996-8555 or visit www.blindpigmusic.com.

Web Site: www.blindpigmusic.com

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