Every Waking Moment, the new full-length album from The Dear & Departed is now available through Equal Vision Records. The band includes TLC's LA Ink cast member/Los Angeles, CA-based tattoo artist and vocalist Dan Smith, Darren Parkinson (guitar), Scott Sprigg (guitar), Jimmy Walsh (drums) and Neeraj Kane (bass).
The album was produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert [A Day To Remember]. The Dear & Departed has attracted high profile fans including Gilbert (who also produced Chapters, the band’s latest EP release), Jade Puget and Davey Havok of AFI, and Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms, with the latter two each featured as guest vocalists on Every Waking Moment.
It brings The Dear & Departed’s signature blend of 80s new wave, Britpop and punk to life through a flawless fusion of rich vocal melodies and intricate harmonies, brightly layered guitarwork and driving bass lines.
Between filming seasons for TLC's LA Ink, Smith and The Dear & Departed have performed with Saosin, Avenged Sevenfold, Alkaline Trio, Cursive and AFI. The band’s recording session for Chapters was featured on the show, with Kat Von D visiting the band in the studio.
Smith also recently released his first book With the Light of Truth. The 256-page hardcover is published through Memento Publishing Co and features artist profiles and exclusive work from 60 Straight Edge tattoo artists from all over the world.