Wednesday, June 4, 2014
REVIEW: Gold-Bears - Dalliance
This record is more about energy than fidelity, but that fits the material well. There is plenty of feedback and fuzz, and the noise level is more Wedding Present, Joanna Gruesome or Superchunk than it is Seapony or Shimmering Stars. This group of players is unafraid to show their noise pop and punk influences, and they have the confidence and chops to do so without burying the excellent pop songs within. Moreover, the album is stark proof that you can sing about regret, loss and other dark subjects while having great fun in doing so. Two of the best songs are below, but this is an album that doesn't have any duds. My most frequently played of the set lately is "From Tallahassee to Gainesville". There is a lot of music I should be listening to lately, but Gold-Bears has been capturing a disproportionate share of available minutes. And I'm not going to do anything about that.
By the way, the Gold-Bears drummer gets a WYMA gold star -- he must be exhausted!
In addition to Underwood, Gold-Bears includes Clinton Callahan, Sam Jacobsen, Scotty Hoffman and Sean Zearfoss. In addition, Emma Kupa of the late Standard Fare provided vocals on "Yeah, Tonight".