When Tyler Morris of ET Anderson moved from Raleigh, N.C. to Columbia, S.C., Dylan Dickerson of Dear Blanca took the opportunity to pop the question. He asked Morris to be his bandmate. The guitarist and singer/songwriter answered yes, becoming Dear Blanca’s fifth member.
“We always clicked really well,” says Dickerson. “Some of the songs I’ve liked the most, he’s felt the same about — even ones the rest of the band didn’t consider their favorites. He was willing and excited to do it. He’s been a really good fit.”
Though Morris is new to Dear Blanca — he’s only played a handful of shows with them — he’s already learned almost all of Dear Blanca’s songs. Now that Dickerson isn’t the only guitar player, it gives him the opportunity to experiment with other instruments, something he plans on doing on Dear Blanca’s new album.
Dickerson says. “I like playing keys occasionally, though at this point, I’m a little rusty.”
As for Dear Blanca’s planned disc, Dickerson isn’t yet sure where the follow-up to last year’s Pobrecito will take them. “Most of the stuff I have so far, I haven’t even showed the band yet,” says Dickerson. “There are a lot of incomplete thoughts that we need to hammer out the details on. Wheels are turning, figuring out exactly what we want to do in regards to a full-length or EP and figuring out how much material we want to put out on the next release. So far, we have little nuggets of ideas that need to be sculpted.”
In the meantime, Dear Blanca will release a new project, the details of which are still top secret. “The release date as of now is speculative and I can’t really tell you yet the details, but we have been working on something,” says Dickerson. “It’s a mystery.”
Dickerson did reveal a different project he’s been working on that isn’t under wraps: Caravan, a new zine that highlights poetry, short stories, and visual art alongside some bigger music journalism pieces. The first issue was released in October and featured in an interview with Mike Watt of Minutemen, a really stellar poem, a skateboarding story, and tale about Wilma, a toilet-paper hoarding kitty lover.
So far, there have been two issues, each around 15 to 20 pages, designed by Dickerson and two friends. The DIY project is full of their collective interests. “There’s nothing that can’t be said or can’t be included. We can do whatever we want with it,” says Dickerson. “It’s time consuming, but definitely a labor of love.”
You can check out Caravan on caravanarts.tumblr.com or buy your own copy during Dear Blanca’s tour.