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By Rebecca Brooks
This past Friday, the Brooklyn based indie rock band, Bear Hands, released their third studio album, “You’ll Pay For This,” which encompasses a sound that is comparable to the likes of We the Kings or Twenty One Pilots.
Best known for their 2013 hit “Giants,” Bear Hands describe their sound as a mix of indie rock, post punk and experimental rock.
Though some Indie Rock fans may be pleased with”You’ll Pay For This,” it is difficult to say whether or not Bear Hands actually make the grade with their album.
A lot of the songs on this album sound relatively the same, and there is no true diversity that can make one song easily distinguishable from another. Someone could put this album on shuffle after giving it a full listen and have no idea which song was playing.
The only true standout on the album is the first track, “I Won’t Pay,” which grabs your attention almost immediately. However, after that, the other songs fail to give the same effect, making you lose interest with only half the album finished.
On top of the lack of sound diversity within the album, the lyrics are even more lackluster. None were particularly memorable or symbolic, and the only constant stand out within the lyrics on this album is the cursing, which at some point does in fact take away from the album’s potential as nothing else truly captures your interest.
Though it is difficult within every genre to make your album sound diverse from one another, other indie bands such as Miike Snow, are able to make each track on their albums sound diverse enough to make for a solid record. However, Bear Hands was unable to do just that.
Overall, while Bear Hands does seem to have the potential to make a good indie rock, post punk record, “You’ll Pay For This” proved to be not that album. The sound and the lyrics all sound virtually the same, and it just feels like listening to the same song, except it is slightly varied each time. Hopefully, their next record will hit the mark that they certainly missed on this one.