A name can reveal a lot about a band – in this case, Wild Bears Attack Elephants (And Hurt Them Badly), as thoughtfully indicated on the band’s Bandcamp page) is the kind of name that makes you want to listen to the music just because a band with the comedic fortitude to name themselves that have to have something special to offer. Their EP Four More Songs certainly doesn’t disappoint in that respect.
“Otherwise” starts off in an excitingly fun fashion, getting blood pumping and temperature rising with galloping drums and a filthy guitar line. Just this song alone boldly stomps the line between slow and fast while remaining heavy the whole way through. “Keeai” is a far more saccharine song than its predecessor, which gives a decent taste of this band’s range – not bad for just two songs into the EP. The moment where the beat dissolves for just a brief moment before a lulling tone comes in soothingly just grabbed at my heart.
I love the lyrics in “For You;” a story is clearly and compellingly told. I also love the melody, particularly the one that emerges about two minutes in. I love this song. Don’t get comfortable in the lull of the middle two songs, because the energy and pace of “We Are Running Around” reminds everyone that Wild Bears Attack Elephants is here to kick you in the teeth (musically of course) while sending flowers to your hospital room after.
The band says they want to “revolutionize the animal-in-a-band-name sub-genre garage rock”, and I think they do a great job of it, managing to have a sound that fits very well within the genre but it still very uniquely their own. Granted, the band name made me think of what the brainiac lovechild of Minus the Bear and Cage the Elephant might be; rather, this band seems to be everything those are not, in alternate ways, while still staying true to the underground alternative rock mentality. So, I am crossing my fingers and toes hoping that these three bands tour together and give the world the night of alternative glory they have been waiting for! Definitely give this a listen – you can’t afford not to.
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