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Bear In Heaven

It’s not hard to listen to Bear In Heaven’s latest album Beast Forth Mouth (Hometapes). It’s not too difficult to get lost in the swelling electronic rhythms on their track “You Do You” or the marching and building drum beats on “Beast in Peace.” The challenge is discovering just where the inspiration for the Brooklyn based quartet’s gigantic, yet minimal songs came from. The impossibly high vocal range of singer Jon Philpot is more reminiscent of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane than of any other contemporary male vocalist, with the exception of maybe Geddy Lee of Rush, and the hypnotizing drumming of percussionist Joe Stickney sticks out as much as Philpot’s beautiful vocals. Philpot, who lists space disco and Prince among many of his influences, describes his own creation as “shape shifting drones with a beat you can dance to… sometimes” so let’s stick with that. What’s even better than the band’s collection of moody tunes on Beast Forth Mouth, which was given the “Best New Music” award by Pitchfork Media, is that the album is being re-released with a full track list of remixes by artists like The Field and Studio in September. Chopped up electronic laptop-artist Lobisomem opens the show.

-cory perla

9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $10-$12


  • Mitch

    Philpot’s vocal range is reminiscent of Grace Slick? Enough said.