Posted by Justin Hoyt
I so want to champion Brooklyn band Bear Hands as that next shit, if nothing else just to have it in print that I knew about it before you did (I am a music blogger now after-all). The problem for me is that they sound to much like one of their major influences, Modest Mouse, for me to buy the hype. They'll find success I'm sure, they're talented and make genuinely good, catchy, pop songs. I just can't help but feel by the time they release their forthcoming LP (no title or release date) they will have missed the window that was opened by MGMT, of whom they also sound familiar with.
What I will say though is that this danceable, indie-rock, gotta be from Brooklyn group makes music I would like to see live, which I'll have a chance to when they play The Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on March 3. Seattle residents can catch them on March 2 at Neumo's. From what I hear they kill live having been together for around three years and having 150 shows under their belt, however this is their first trip to the west coast so expect them to be especially eager to showcase their sound. Hopefully they'll change my mind, this is definitely not a band I would be upset hearing more of if they can find a way to define their sound.
What a Drag