Punknews.org
Bear Claw - Find The Sun (Cover Artwork)

Bear Claw

Bear Claw: Find The SunFind The Sun (2005)
Sick Room

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
User Rating:


Contributed by: JesseJesse
(others by this writer | submit your own)

I know what you're thinking. Donut. Delicious. Frosted. Tempting. But I wouldn't compare Bear Claw to the donut of their namesake. No, Bear Claw is more like an actual bear's claw to the face. Utilizing two bass guitars and drums, they somehow come off playing riff-heavy time signature rock akin to .
iTunes StoreAmazon


I know what you're thinking. Donut. Delicious. Frosted. Tempting. But I wouldn't compare Bear Claw to the donut of their namesake. No, Bear Claw is more like an actual bear's claw to the face. Utilizing two bass guitars and drums, they somehow come off playing riff-heavy time signature rock akin to Drive Like Jehu. And though they do have the double bass set up, you'd think that they were just playing a baritone guitar.

Through the midst of their inventive rock fit for praise and admiration, the lack of varied instrumentation is a help and hindrance. While their sound is very unique and compelling, at times it seems a titch repetitious. Sure, their breakdowns and bass chords are interesting, but it's sort of like watching NASCAR. The first few crashes are intensely exciting, but later on in the race you find yourself saying, "Jeez, why doesn't somebody just die in a fiery smash up already?" Get the picture?

The opening track, "Repetition," is just a repeated drum beat with shouting over it until the last minute or two, when the basses come in with slightly varied moving bass lines. The effect is extremely kickass. When one bass moves, the other moves a little bit afterwards, creating a sort of follow the leader pattern. Then it breaks down into freakout feedback; it set my expectations high. It made me want more. "I Must Have Lost My Ticket" is an excellent follow-up track, utilizing time signature fun and feedback with a steady riff. Overall, the track sort of reminds me of a stripped down "Here Come The Rome Plows" by Drive Like Jehu. But after these two tracks, it just sort of keeps on with the pattern of "I Must Have Lost My Ticket;" nothing too exciting or new. "832" and "Untitled" close the CD off with straightforward rockers that give the album a little bit of redemption in the repetition area, but overall it would have gotten an 8 if I hadn't gotten bored halfway through.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Jason Collett - Here's to Being HereThe Makai - The End of All You KnowWarren Ellis - Crooked Little Vein [book]Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels - Ain't It FunnyBlonde Redhead - 2331 Knots - The Days and Nights of Everything AnywhereOf Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?The Brokedowns - These Colors Don't Run (The Musical)Joe Lally - There to HereTin Armor - A Better Place Than I Have Been

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

i like apple fritters

swingline (March 13, 2005)

i really want a glazed bear claw right now

score is for my potential fat ass

bemused (March 12, 2005)

How would you know biatch?

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

i call girls who don't shave their vag's bear claws

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

listen to lighting bolt

NachoHat (March 11, 2005)

I was always more of a regular glazed man myself.

sickboi (March 11, 2005)

Great band name.

On the subject, I always think of Natural Born Killers, where the cop is giving his recount of the young deputy being shot...

"Muh bear claw....."

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"If you don't give me the bear claw, I'm gonna have to gaffle you."

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

My girlfriend will randomly scream "Bear Claw!!!" and grab my ass.

Just thought I'd let you know.

-Ken

Kenjamin (March 11, 2005)

Holy shit! those basses sound awesome. This is pretty rocking stuff but I can see it getting really repetitive, really fast. I bet their live show is awesome though. In conclusion, good review and my score is for DLJ, Albini, and the new Gospel record, which is seriously blowing my mind.

siropsycho (March 11, 2005)

oh god i've got a bear claw stuck in my ass

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go