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June 06/27/22, 2022
Dear Daria\'s \'Can I Be Frank?\' is the Sound from the 90\'s We All Love Maryjo Mattea, Joshua Hunter, Eamonn Donnelly, and Dan Abh are Dear Daria, the rising indie pop rock band from DC. This four piece band was formed by Maryjo Mattea, starting out as her solo band. However, this group felt more than just a backing band. The quartet played their last show as The Maryjo Mattea band in January 2020, and started playing as Dear Daria between February and March of 2020. Due to COVID-19, Dear Daria had to write and record songs remotely. Their spirit is a myriad of classic pop culture references like the MTV animated series Daria, Wayne's World, John Hughes movies, The Pixies, The Beatles and a vast assortment of other bands, movies and television shows.

Dear Daria released their debut album 'Can I Be Frank?,' which has hits like “John Hughes,” an ode to the director, “Best Life,” about living your best life in the now, and “Delaware,” a song inspired by their love for the film Wayne’s World. Their music holds the energy of The Pixies and guitar tones and drums of Paramore with The Beatles-eque melodic bass lines. Dear Daria’s sound is a nostalgic hit of the 90’s.

“'Can I Be Frank?' is essentially a two-part record. Half the record was written in the midst of a musically inspired summer," Maryjo remarked. “... which is reflected in the celebratory, living-in-the-moment vibes of tracks ‘Best Life,’ and ‘Delaware.’” The other half of the album was written at the beginning of the pandemic. Parts were “swapped back and forth digitally.” There were many difficulties recording remotely, causing setbacks and delays. However many setbacks prolonged the release of Can I Be Frank? Maryjo, Joshua, Eamonn, and Dan had a “collective desire to share these songs with the world.”

Dear Daria’s 'Can I Be Frank?' is the pop punk soundtrack to Summer ‘22. It takes the story telling aspect of Paramore’s lyrics, and puts them to The Donnas-esque rhythms and melodies. Maryjo’s vocals are reminiscent of Dolores O’Riordan’s of The Cranberries. All nine tracks have the energy of all three bands, and possess the vibe of Rilo Kiley. Can I Be Frank? is the perfect balance of authenticity and humor.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2l1ZmWCjVWebVoxHhwZylo?si=OYdtijfUQYauDHjMPL_MKw