The Bear Quartet - Moby Dick - imported from Sweden by Listening Post Music
Sweden's most critically acclaimed and innovative band
They were not signed until the spring of 1992. It was A West Side Fabrication
who realized The Bear Quartet's amazing potential. The first album, Penny
Century was released in the fall. Then drummer Magnus quit (why is it
always the drummer?) and Urban Nordh became the guy beating the
The songs grow wild and beautiful.
The single Human Enough off that album was played frequently on National Swedish Radio. The EP Mom and Dad was released later in the fall with same result. The Bear Quartet toured Germany during the spring of 1999, where Carl Olsson became a steady member of the group, as he managed to overflow a hotel room in Leipzig and pack the tour bus all by himself. In the early summer of '99 The Bear Quartet began recording what would eventually become My War and Gay Icon. Although the recording process stretches from June 1999 to November 2000 the actual days in the studio are no more than twenty.
The Bear Quartet was on a creative high, and late 1999 the songs for My War were mixed and mastered. My War was, according to major Swedish rock critics, the most introspective and realized album of the band so far. Sort of a The Idiot for the 21st century. Two Eps are taken from the album: Old Friends and I Don´t Wanna. Both living proof of the Bear Quartet´s genius. If My War was a slow and quiet album with their most private lyrics so far, Gay Icon was, as always, a reaction against precisely that. It opens with a short, heartfelt piano ballad (key lyric: Adam and Eve were the first unemployed, in love and evicted) but as soon as it´s over the mayhem begins. Not since their debut, Penny Century (1992), has the band recorded noisier songs than i.e Be A Stranger, Capable and Hunchback. Overall, Gay Icon bursts with sonic experimentation and soul. The two Eps taken from the album, Load It and Fuck Your Slow Songs does prov that The Bear Quartet´s remarkable sense of melody isn´t lost at all.
And it should be said that if you favour the bands more balladry side
you´ll find lots of songs on Gay Icon that will blow your mind completely.
That much said though, in recent live shows the band has been presenting new material which seems to be more classic pop songs (anthemic choruses and all), with lyrics perversely focusing of fatal accidents, near death experiences and vengeance. Another, not yet named, masterpiece of an album has been recorded for a late summer release. An album which insiders claim is the punkiest and at the same time most commercial record the band has delivered in years. The intense, and quite insanely funky, All Your Life (as well as three previously unreleased bangers) has been chosen as a taster and yet another chapter is written in the continuing saga that is the Bear Quartet. What can a band - that has done almost everything to such great artistical grandeur really do next? Wherever the Bear Quartet goes, only one thing is for sure: no one's ever been there before. And the story continues. Whatever happens, one can only imagine what the outcome will be.
Price - $17..00
1. Before the Trenches