CMJ 2009 Live: Bear Hands @ Mercury Lounge

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Brad Kelly

23rd October 2009
At 23:10 GMT

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Mixing stonery surf-rock with alternative pop melodies and sky-high riffs admittedly sounds like a rather weird blend of musical elements but honestly, it works unbelievably well and Bear Hands are here to let each and every one of you know that.

Further portions of the Mercury Lounge audience dissipated after Mumford & Sons reduced them to a withering mess of emotion, we decided to stay and check out the Brooklyn foursome; and what a delightful decision it was. 

Hammering straight into their set without a pause to be seen, the band hurt the ears and pleased the mind, blending catchy rock with experimental appeal and had almost every onlooker dancing and twitching in some form or another. All of the four members individually and energetically rocked out in their own designated stage space but it was frontman, vocalist and guitarist Dylan Rau that carried the most personality. Hair tied up into a bob, glasses on, t-shirt off , jean cut-off shorts and with the word FAT taped onto his guitar, we couldn't forget his unique image and presence even if we tried. 

They kept mainly quiet in the time between songs but their hyperactive onstage persona and intelligent, fun music made for a fantastic end to a brilliant night of music.

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