In the late nineties, The Dears were an unconfirmed rumour of ardour; full of possibility; propelled by passion, alienation, and alcohol. By 2001, they ceased to be a rumour; they were real and dark. The NME named The Dears as “Probably the Best New Band in the World.” Gang of Losers is at once a classic Dears album and a bold step forward. It moves from grinding guitar solos to ethereal vocals, pre-occupied with the themes of ostracization, social class and indie rock cool. The album features the seductive fusion of frontman Murray Lightburn’s onstage vocal range and studio precision. We need these songs: if only to counter the world’s indifference, and soothe the inner loser that thrives on all our worst fears.