Song Premiere: The Dear And Departed, ‘Better Late Than Never’

L.A. rock quintet and Vans Warped Tour alum The Dear and Departed are gearing up for the official release of their sophomore album, Every Waking Moment, and we’ve got the group’s new single “Better Later Than Never.” Founded by “LA Ink” star Dan Smith, the group has been hustling since 2006, touring with everyone from Avenged Sevenfold and Alkaline Trio to Cursive and AFI.

After 2007′s Something Quite Peculiar, The Dear And Departed has fully embraced their New Wave influence on Moment. “Better Late Than Never” opens with ringing, jangly guitars recalling The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, before Smith’s ’80s-prom-scene pop vocals kick in: “I should’ve said these things a long time ago/They say ‘Better late than never’/I’ll tell you with no delay/I’d do anything for you,” sings Smith.

Moment was produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, though the group channel ’80s mainstays New Order and The Cure more than the punk leanings of their producer.

Every Waking Moment is out Nov. 8 on Equal Vision.

+ Listen to The Dear And Departed’s “Better Late Than Never.”