PLAYLIST OF MY LIFE: Merel, Joey, & David (Dear Mother)

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After leaving DELAIN, Merel Bechtold and Joey Marin de Boer found their match in vocalist David “Pear” Hruska, and started a brand new band, DEAR MOTHER. Their debut effort, “Bulletproof,” will be released on July 16th, 2021. We asked the band some questions about their favorite music, forming the playlist of their lives.

The first song you remember hearing as a child 

Merel: Actually a couple, but I don’t know which one came first so I would go with BHARTEZZ“on the move” 

Joey: “Rain Down On Me”KANE

David: ACE OF BASE“All She Wants” 

The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving 

Merel: EIFFEL 65“Blue”

Joey: “Are You Gonna Go My Way”Lenny Kravitz 

David: THE OFFSPRING“Kids Aren’t Alright” 

A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school

Merel: MUSE“New Born” 

Joey: “Can You Hear the Wind Blow?”WHITESNAKE

David: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS“Californication” 

The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in) 

Merel: IN FLAMES“The Quiet Place” 

Joey: “Hand of Blood”BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

David: CHILDREN OF BODOM“Needled 24-7”

The most recent song to get stuck in your head 

Merel: Conan Gray“Greek God”

Joey: “Heathens”TWENTY-ONE PILOTS

David: PORTUGAL THE MAN“Feel It Still” 

Your guilty pleasure song/band 

Merel: Britney Spears/BACKSTREET BOYS

Joey: NICKELBACK/Dua Lipa

David: Dua Lipa/BACKSTREET BOYS

The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own 

Merel: PANTERA“Cowboys From Hell”

Joey: AVENGED SEVENFOLD “City of Evil”

David: THE OFFSPRING“Americana”

A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage

Merel: Lana Del Rey“Ride”

Joey: “Twentysomething”Jamie Cullum 

David: LP“Lost On You”

A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road 

Merel: So many options… I’ll go with the most recent one: ARCHITECTS“Animals”

Joey: “Doomsday”ATREYU

David: Mick Gordon“BFG Division”

The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral 

Merel: QUEEN“The Show Must Go On” 

Joey: “So Far Away”AVENGED SEVENFOLD

David: BOWLING FOR SOUP“Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It).” Literally just discovered that song

Check out the band’s first single for “12 Years in Exile,” from their upcoming debut release:

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