So it seems my earlier predictions about the evolution of indie band names were way off. What I thought was a progression from Wolf to Coast to Club is actually a whole different beast. Yes, I do believe there is the animal to geography to location trend but it seems EACH ONE evolves! Whoa kids, stop the blog-presses.
For instance “club” could next transition to “bar” or “outhouse”. Just as such, “Coast” could become the new “Lake” or “River” (which I think might have already come and gone?). Now we see the evolution of animals from “wolf” to “bear”! First with the lovable Grizzly Bears and now with a SXSW double dare final showdown-esque of… Bear Driver and Bear Hands.
I promised at the beginning of this project to only post bands that I like, without regard to their names, awesome outfits or what anyone else thinks, at all. I hold true to that trend even though this seems suspiciously serendipitous. They are both THAT good.
Bear Driver offers up the fun new trend of having 500 (or six, whatever) people in a band who all join in on that super fun singing stuff from time to time. They have been described as a more playful variety of Arcade Fire but other than a fuck ton of people, I fail to see the resemblance in sound. They are joyous without being too pop for the indie world and the fact that they have, “bear” in their name… well let’s just see how long it takes before no one remembers which band they are talking about after a few PBR’s. (yes, PBR’s… because when you have a discussion about Bear bands… you are a trite indie kid and you better behave as such) This song is delightful and so are they. So yay for bears and yay for Fridays.
Oh yeah… and the Bear Drivers track is called, “WOLVES”. Whoa. Somewhere a 7″ vinyl limited addition copy of something obscure, exploded.
Next up, Bear HANDS. We have the band that drives the bears somewhere and now the band that is in charge of…. well, either cutting their hands off or simply, handling them?
Either way, this band is delicious. Super fun experimental indie rock goodness that have MGMT to plug as their friends (which they do often, which gets old) but they are still super fun nonetheless. It should be noted that I have a deep new found hatred for MGMT after seeing them live and watching what looked to be a still photo of a band for an hour. Ewwies.
These guys seem like they might be able to take it a step above by having energy above that of a corpse AND playing good music. Also, it should be noted that the minute I accidentally stumbled on this unofficial video awhile back, I was in love. BEARS!!! BEARS!!! BEARS!!!
Technically, these are teddy bears, but fuck you because they are way cooler.
If I could live in this video all day, my Friday would be sublime. Unfortunately, I have a room full of learning disabled middle school students who need to complete a science fair project WITHOUT burning the school down… guess that means I better go take that blowtorch from little Cody over there…. HAPPY FRIDAY! YAY YAY YAY!!!