Itâ€™s been ages since Iâ€™ve written about Bears, Ohioâ€™s best pop band. And I was totally stoked to get a few copies of their new single in the mail (ordered a few months ago when it was still at the plant). Who Knows includes two brief songs, the title track and â€œMake Something.â€
While I have yet to pick up the groupâ€™s EP, Shortest Day Of The Year, and really only have their self-titled debut LP to mark as a reference point, Bearsâ€™ music hasnâ€™t really changed all too much since that 2006 release. This is, of course, wonderful news.
â€œWho Knowsâ€ may be slightly catchier than several tunes off Bears and the production value includes a slightly higher quality level (or maybe itâ€™s simply the vinyl format shining through). But all those things that drew me to Bears in the early days of FensePost remain: lightly harmonic fuzzy vocals, heavy emphasis on keys, lovable hand-claps.
If youâ€™ve enjoyed anything by Bears in the past, thereâ€™s no question about whether or not youâ€™ll dig this.
Impose Records [7″ Single, 2008]
1. Who Knows
2. Make Something