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info opinion

Black Bear!

Self-titled CDR

Somewhere Someone

Genre: instrumental experimental rock

somewhere someone
1 W. Biddle St., Apt. #3f
Baltimore, MD 21201

April 2006

This shit is getting popular right now. No-holds-barred instrumental experimental rock, kind of mathy at times but far to brash to become arithmetical... if you haven't been hearing bands like this opening for headliners then obviously you haven't been getting out enough lately. I'm enjoying this short little CDR; it's a refreshing slab of abrasive guitar avant-rock with some decent hooks and a cool feel. Particularly strong are the wistful "Viking Luv," sorrowful "Post Fever Glation," and the rocking rollercoaster of "Pinkskullcurtains". And hey, those three songs encompass more than half of the record's duration. I guess we're all winners in the end.

MP3 (from pinkskullcurtains


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]