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