Bear Hands and The Ecstatics at the Doug Fir Lounge

Vortex Music Magazine

These energetic Brooklynites want you to loosen up a bit by giving indie pop a second chance. You’ll have your opportunity on April 3 at the Doug Fir.

For the past decade, the airwaves of college radio have been dominated by a sound that is generally described as indie pop, and whether you like that or not, there’s a good chance that at least one band has caught the attention of your ear. Bear Hands may not have been that band, but they should be. Their sugary tunes weave pop, post-punk and a bit of new wave together for a fresh sound that will keep your head bobbing enough that you’ll be asking for more.

On Thursday, April 3, Bear Hands will take the Doug Fir stage in support of their recently released sophomore album, Distraction. Much like their 2010 debut, Burning Bush Supper Club, the album includes an infectious amount of guitar hooks, bass drum bombasts, and synth-laden subtleness sure to elicit a few sweat-producing dance moves, while lyrically, Bear Hands may have you second-guessing their playful measures and intrinsically contemplating the seriousness of their nature.

After opening for acts such as MGMT, Passion Pit and We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Brooklyn four-piece is ready to set out on their own and take over the radio waves—they’re just hoping you’re ready for it.

Local dance poppers The Ecstatics have the opening bill and will get the night started with some catchy, effervescent new tunes that are sure to bring out your inner youth. Get there early for that freshly carbonated glass of bubbly (or, more likely, beer).

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