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.
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
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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