I’m not going to patronise you by pretending that Bear in Heaven are a small band, making their way up from the bottom or anything like that. Their last.fm tells us that they’ve been going since 2003 and that they’ve released more than their fair share of material. They’ve got a .com website and a relatively lengthy wikipedia entry, too. But I haven’t heard of them before, despite the fact that over 11,000 other people on everyone’s favourite music-based social networking site have. Whilst their name is something to bask in the glory of – anything that links the devine with the grizzly is awesome in my books – it’s their music that deserves the spotlight.
From the few tracks streaming on myspace, they’re a kaleidoscope of psychadelic, post-rock and electronic influences, condensed into a wonderous burst of energy. There’s something in them that sounds like this is the kind of stuff Friendly Fires will be making if they’re still going in 10 years time – it’s mature, but far, far from boring. Whilst everyone fears that the St. Albands Dance Punk (says Wikipedia) trio might’ve peaked in Paris, at least bear in Heaven have plotted them an escape route with these tracks. Enjoy:
Bear in Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers (last.fm)
Bear in Heaven – Wholehearted Mess (last.fm)
To add to the tale of how woefully behind the times I am, the band have just released ‘Bear Rest Forth Mouth’ which recieved a massive 8.4 on pitchfork. I am losing grip, I feel.