Awards, prizes and band contests are fairly hilarious because they are so political and cannot be taken at face value. And while the recognition is wonderful – the feeling of being deemed the “winner” exhilirating – it’s not why The Dears make music. So anyhow, every now and again we get a courtesy nomination or something of the like for some award or prize or another. The latest is XM’s The Verge awards: I’m not sure exactly what they are, but everybody in Canada who has a band is nominated. Anyone can vote for The Dears in the “Best Artist” category. It’s gonna be a free for all, and some totally corporate band who hired a bunch of kids to vote everyday for them is going to win. And that’s what some bands want, which is great. It’s like those year end reader’s polls that magazines and other publications do: a morbid competition; irresistibly tawdry popularity contests. Cue mass eye-rolling…now!