I would like to just take a moment to reiterate how misunderstood, or non-understoond, The Dears are. We’ve never identified with a trend, or been cool or part of a scene, and that makes it difficult for the common indie folk to like us. As such, I get really, really offended when a lazy journalist makes an off-hand remark. OK, granted this one comes from a university newspaper, so journalistic value is diminished slightly. Basically the thought that The Dears are an “indie charity case” is harsh and insulting, since we practically made the bed that most new Canadian indie rock sleeps in. But whatever, we don’t need to go out there and assert that, lay claim on who came first and who did what because that’s even more bogus. So I thumb my nose at the author of the article (who isn’t even named, basically hiding behind their publication: classic), and while I’m at it, I might as well give them the finger, too. Yes: insults through hand gestures, sent over the internet.