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Country Bears
Country Bears
Defuncto Music
www.bearsalive.com


As anti-social as they come, you can't help but revel in the Country Bears' brusk lack of conformity while they pound out simple but elegant apotheosis music. Riding a wave of classic punk, classic rock and adrenaline hardcore, finding a copasetic namesake would be difficult for anyone. At times I hear Rites Of Spring, at others The Germs and yet again The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower. All, but none really. What they really share with these bands is a way of magically being sporadic and almost epileptic to an anti-music degree, but then pulling it together for a wholly worthwhile coalescing of sound. It is that beautiful thing that occurs as everything just comes together to create an all encompassing unity; All while maintaining a breakneck pace that begs to be listened at full bore.

Production doesn't highlight the changes enough. Guitars get the full sound treatment which is necessary at moments but limits the range of songs because they don't ebb and flow with the material. The vocals suffer because of this so that at times they don't have the bite they require. The drums are persistent, too persistent, which adds to the flavor of the mix but on that too much level it starts to hurt my brain. If they were reined in a little, they could help accent the break-out parts without losing a beat.

Overall, this is just damn good material performed with zeal and ardor that is worth every minute of record.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) As You Say Boys
2) Smoke The Hive
3) The Kids Got Divorced
4) Splendid
5) Arctic Lines
6) Sparks Out
7) Pope Leo X
8) The Protégé


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