Bear Hands You'll Pay For This on LP + Download
In an age where Instagram and YouTube clips dominate the ways in which fans consume music, Bear Hands have reached for something more traditional. With their third album You'll Pay for This, they've crafted a record that holds the listener in its grip from start to finish. Attention spans maybe shrinking, but Bear Hands have overcome distraction and completed a truly coherent album, further developing their sound without losing one iota of edge. Growing up doesn't mean growing old; it means getting smarter!
You'll Pay for This was recorded in a Westchester, NY home and a Brooklyn studio. It was co-produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and long time Bear Hands collaborator James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys) and mixed by Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Foals). The album is full of layers and synths, but it still feels organic. You can feel the pulse of kinetic energy surging through each note, riff, chord, and melody.
You'll Pay for This is a potent mix of sticky 70's songwriting, CBGB's and Factory Records era post-punk guitars, and the high drive of modern pop and hip hop. It's like a flawlessly executed genre unto itself. The music is intense, relentless, and totally dreamy. However, the lyrics maintain a snarky playfulness that keeps things grounded.
The first single "2AM" is a groove-heavy burner, written collectively over time. Less of an "a-ha" moment, it revealed itself when it was ready. In the chorus, Dylan Rau laments "Nothing good happens past 2AM." Sonically, it's perfectly suited for one of those personal apocalypse climax scenes in an indie flick. Lyrically, it is indicative of the band's evolving mentality.
Then there is "Boss," which starts out whimsically before launching into a torrent of angular riffs and the semi-snarled one-liner "I'm the bitch and you're the boss." Meanwhile, "Too Young" features a riff written in a car driving through Belgium, and imagines the future of a precarious relationship. "Purpose Filled Life" is a song that Rau penned while alone in his railroad apartment in Brooklyn.
You'll Pay for This is a sonic document of a band growing and moving into the next phase of its career and of young men graduating to the next phase of their lives. And it has a simmering intensity coursing through its veins. In effect, the album is like "the second verse." It will be what separates Bear Hands from their peers.