You Will Be Heard!
Is there a difference between self-confidence and self-delusion? Is it easier to deceive others once you've deceived yourself? Has the communication age made it easier to miscommunicate? If you only live once, why not raise your voice and shout out for all your worth? With You Will Be Heard!, Northern California trio Bear Hunter address these questions, and ask only that you own your answers. Bear Hunter's debut album You Will Be Heard! Does not feature members of The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. Nor was it produced by Jim O'Rourke, with engineering by Steve Albini. No, sorry, none of that. Instead, this album is what happens when you unleash a trio of music geeks in a basement equipped with vintage gear, Pro Tools, a slew of random instruments (vibraphone, accordion, trombone, marimba, bells, whistles, old Casios) and a shelf full of effects pedals. Voila! Written, recorded and produced by the members of Bear Hunter (guitarist Chris Hunter, drummer Clint Bear and vocalist/instrumentalist Maurice Spencer), You Will Be Heard! Chronicles the pitfalls and unexpected challenges of communicating on a real, honest level amidst the Telecom Pandora's Box of MySpace, AIM, text messaging and piles upon piles of smarmy band one-sheets. Honesty can be compromised in a million different ways. Just take another look at the preceding paragraph of this bio. Bear Hunter's music has been lovingly compared to Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, David Bowie's experimental East Germany years, The Cure's manic depressive catchiness and Postal Service's seamless use of live instruments with electronic beats. Rolling Stone hasn't yet called You Will Be Heard! "...truly the breakout release of the year..." Spin and Blender probably won't review it, let alone give it "four stars" We hope Pitchfork Media might say something like "...their efforts have resulted in a refreshing paradigm; one that reminds us why college rock existed, and why we ever needed it in the first place." Locally, the Chico News & Review called Bear Hunter's live show "a fascinating set of songs using effects pedals and climbing vines of interwoven melody to create a gorgeous cacophony...going from Lennon-esque acid trip rock, then unexpectedly taking off with metal riffs and ringing bell tones," while Chico's Daily Enterprise-Record said "The soundscape was enthralling, bringing me right in." Contact | MySpace.com/BearHunterMusic.