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The roots of Dearth began after the disbandment of Haverhill, MA band Shot Down Sun and departures from Manchester, NH band Always & Forever. Vocalist Alex Aro (formerly of Shot Down Sun) and guitarist Bobby Hoffman (formerly of Always & Forever) began discussing plans to begin a new project, something different and heavier than their previous bands. After writing several demos, the band rounded out its lineup with Eric Guilbert (also formerly of Always & Forever), Matt Feugill on bass and Eric Beaubien (both formerly of Shot Down Sun) on drums.
The band quickly found its sound, with odd time signatures, heavy grooves and unrelenting chaos. Aro, determined to not have Dearth be a clone or extension of Shot Down Sun, crafted new vocal tones and ranges previously unexplored to him. In July 2008 the band entered Mudskipper Studios with Fred Sladkey in Arlington, MA to record its debut EP, "You Never Meant Much". After its release the band took quickly to the local scene and garnered a following. Soon after Feugill left the band to prepare for his first child and Mike Labelle was recruited to replace him.
In early 2010 the band played its final show with Guilbert, who left to pursue other aspects of his personal life. The four remaining members held on as much as they could, with Hoffman writing most of the new material on his own. Since, the band has been on and off hiatus numerous times, often due to involvement in other projects and aspects of life. Much like how the band began, Hoffman and Aro continued to share demos and ideas concerning a second album. However, due to not only inner band tensions but also personal and financial responsibilities, completion of the album seemed unlikely. In June 2012, the band reunited as a four piece, its first show in two years and premiered a new song titled “Deathwatch”.
Enter 2013. A renewed energy resonates within the band as relationships are patched up, loose ends are tied and life, as busy as it is, allows for these changes to take place. It is finally time for "Funeral" to become a reality; an album the band began writing in 2009. To coincide with the rebirth, the band has re-released its debut EP with new artwork and a bonus Live EP, featuring live recordings from its June 2012 show, exclusively through Bandcamp. Dearth makes it return to the stage on November 8th, 2013 in its hometown of Haverhill, MA. Expect "Funeral" to be released in 2014.