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Watch Never Destroy Us: The Dears Live @ Pasagüero


Never Destroy Us, The Dears at Pasagüero is now streaming from CBC Montreal and CBCMusic.ca. Bandleader Murray Lightburn directed; wife and bandmate Natalia Yanchak produced. Like much of their creative output, this film is another of their joint efforts. Montreal's long-standing, outstanding indie rock darlings worked with American filmmaker Michael Mohan in Mexico, and came home from a sold-out concert series in the country with a nine-camera HD shoot of the shows.

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This is more than a concert performance, as members Rob Benvie, Roberto Arquilla, Patrick Krief and Jeff Luciani help to expose band life mechanics, while Stars' Amy Millan, music journalist Lorraine Carpenter and recording wizard Howard Bilerman round out the telling of this tale of dedicated and enduring friendships, notwithstanding an above-average dose of emotional, backstage dust-ups. In its full-length form, Never Destroy Us is a testament to the payoffs of perseverance.