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BearVsShark
Terrorhawk
Equal Vision Records
www.bearvsshark.com


Where to begin… Bearvsshark is different, very different, in an experimental noise sort of way that most people will not be able to fathom as they dive in. Part speed rock, part melodic, part lyrical poetry, completely original and never boring, actually defining them by other bands might be as elusive as understanding the band itself. At times they sound like a more guitar driven Tom Waits on LSD, at others they lyrically tap into Lungfish on meth, and lastly they even veer into Elton John, um, on acid. Honestly, that's as close as I can muster defining like minded individuals.

The key is the chaotic way this band approaches music, as barely applicable guitar lines haunt the background and vocals meander at times and come in for the kill at others. The drums are the most definable, as they set the pace and feel for the majority of the material, accurately, adeptly. Guitars are intuitive when they come together, and give isometric positions when they don't; but to such an effect that the layering becomes almost infinite. The vocals have something to prove as they barrage you with sense and non-sense at their own prescribed direction.

Production does an amiable job of reining in the parts, making changes meaningful, and intricately maintaining background sounds with the whole creating a very rich tapestry of sound. Even though all the songs are nothing alike, the vocals have a tendency to drive a common thread through the album. "What A Horrible Night For A Curse" stands out for its vocal distinction and curves it works.

Needless to say defining the indefinable is just not going to work here. You need to experience this album to understand, and of those that do find it only a select few will begin to grasp this band'a ability at creating original work. For the rest it will just be unpalatable. For me it earns a solid place in my collection for being just plain different and good.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Catamaran
2) 5, 6 Kids
3) Six Bar Phrase Hey Hey
4) The Great Dinosaurs With Fifties Section
5) Baraga Embankment
6) Entrance Of The Elected
7) Seven Stop Hold Restart
8) What A Horrible Night For A Curse
9) Out Loud Hey Hey
10) India Foot
11) Antwan
12) I F****d Your Dad
13) Heard From Bug, "They're Coming To Town"
14) Song About Old Roller Coaster
15) Rich People Say Yeah Hey Hey


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