July 4, 2012

Songs From Utopia Vol 1

This year at SXSW, I ran early one morning over to a Noisey showcase at Mohawk to catch White Denim play a free show, but ended up enjoying the odd pop hooks and jangly guitars of the opening band almost more that the Denim themselves. That quirky group was the Brooklyn-based indie outfit Bear Hands. In a release timed for America's birthday, (and through Das Racist's Himanshu Suri's Greedhead label) they've just released "Songs From Utopia Vol 1," a 3-track free release self-described as a "collection of quasi-political "thought pieces" that serve as a manifestation of overwhelming white guilt and a pinko elitist liberal arts education." Overwrought and tongue-in-cheek as this description might be, it doesn't change the fact that this is a solid set of energetic pop tunes. Longtime fans of the band might recognize the older track "Vietnam", here re-worked into the reverb-heavy "What I've Learned". Shoot some fireworks and get that suburban white guilt pumping while you dance to this.

Stream: Bear Hands - Songs From Utopia Vol 1

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