Record Store Day took most of my time yesterday, so this one's late. Stay tuned for today's entry, and sign up for Daytrotter.
Daytrotter a Day #20: Mostly Bears (Released 12.27.08)
When the pounding drums and propulsive bass join the chiming guitar on "The Man," Mostly Bears remind me a little of Minus the Bear, which is proof that you can't judge a band solely based on their ursinality. It's the best song of the session, with Brian Lopez caterwauling in and out like Thom Yorke. The majority of "The Stationary Divide" is a build to its final release, but it takes them too long to get there (Stationary is right.). Lopez sounds a lot like James Petralli of White Denim on "Silhouette Stain," but it's another slow burn to the climax. "The Digital Divide," on the other hand, is consistently high-energy. However, Lopez ruins it by screaming most of his lyrics. This session was released in 2008, so I'd be intrigued to see how they've developed, but a Google search turns up no new music since their debut.