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CD REVIEW: She Bears - We Will Be Fossils

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist: She Bears
Album: We Will Be Fossils
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://weareshebears.bandcamp.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Cake, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 6/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Wet Shirt, The Breaks,  Fossils, Heathens
Weakness: More solo segments, Winded songs, Minor Timing Errors, No Barcode

CD REVIEW:

 

Columbus, Ohio 4 piece alternative rock band “The She Bears” just released their latest CD entitled “We will be Fossils” in 2014. Band members include Alex Douglas (Guitar, Keys, Bells), Alex Eiler (Drums, Vocals), Ryan Franz (Bass), Stephen Pence (Guitar, Vocals)

 

The CD gently takes to flight with rocking intro piece “Sorry, Abbey”.  This song serves up infectious rocked out guitars painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and driving rock rhythm that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of psychedelic musical indulgence. Track 2 “Heathens” keeps things rocking with its walking guitar/bass line, psychedelic groove, painted against a grand mosaic of vivid sound. The striking musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. Track 3 “Wet Shirt” is an impressive slinky-pseudo-electro-earthy piece that is quite invigorating, full of tasty guitar chops, and musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. All in all one of my favorite pieces on the CD. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Cake, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips. I would classify this music as Punk, Alternative Rock with a UK style Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear experimental type music with classic remnants of the British invasion glory days. The CD presents brilliant flashes of theatrical rocked out ambience and all things rock n’ roll related. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, solo guitar, well placed harmonies, low end rhythm section, keyboards, exotic sound effects and enticing melodies. Pence showcases some impressive singing with an appealing vibrato, and impassioned feel. His signing works well across the board. Why does he keep reminding me of Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind). She Bears have clearly proves themselves with this latest release. They all possess solid musical instincts. During my initial research I discovered this band is quite the hot topic live. Playing live, She Bears dishes out a cosmic fury and induces the same in their audience. All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses thick low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated.  From hypnotic The Breaks” to rocking “Tracks in the Snow” and “Beach Fires” to methodical “Fewer Cigarettes” to the marketable “Fossils” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Lucinda” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.   

 

I wish there were more solo segments throughout. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I noticed a few timing errors throughout the CD I could be wrong but suspect the drummer did not play to a click track in the studio. I wish there were more harmonies throughout. There is no barcode on the back indicating to me a retail non-compatibility.

 

She Bears' latest release We Will Be Fossils is a compelling musical journey. These 4 pretty much rock the house. Its strong suit is its amazing sonic ambience and song for song musical flow. These guys get high marks from me for their brilliant musical approach bringing in much instrumentation and musical variety. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing good time ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. This progressive somewhat upbeat format makes for a great extended play experience. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the party takes you.  So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with sonic ambience, theatrical brilliance and a psychedelic rock aftertaste, then I highly recommend you take a listen to the latest CD from She Bears right away.

 

Cyrus Rhodes