Lookbacks: Burning Bush Supper Club by Bear Hands

Are you a fan of nasally indie rock with lyrics that at times make absolutely no sense?

I have just the album for you.


This week’s Lookback focuses on indie rock band Bear Hands’ debut album Burning Bush Supper Club.

BBSC released in November of 2010 and received fairly positive reviews from publications like Pitchfork, Spin, and even The Washington Post.

The album is an introduction into the wacky lyrics and experimental guitar riffs that make Bear Hands…well, Bear Hands. Front man Dylan Rau’s nasally vocals alongside the infectious and quirky guitar rhythms create an unforgettable debut that leaves you wondering what the hell they were even smoking.

Photo Courtesy of Noisy Planet Blog
Photo Courtesy of Noisy Planet Blog

BBSC starts off with “Crime Pays”, a track which (as I mentioned before) outlines Rau’s particularly whiny vocals. Don’t let this deter you from their music though, Bear Hands have such a unique style that it’s kind of hard not to really get into.

Tracks like “What A Drag” and “Can’t Stick Em” are indie rock gems, both of which include a great rhythm and harmony you can’t escape. Yes, the lyrics may be pointless, but thee music draws you in and threatens to never let you go.

Pitchfork‘s Rebecca Raber gave BBSC a 7.1 out of 10.

“Bear Hands excel at crafting songs that chug manically under a cloud of reverb or coax wallflowers out onto the dancefloor with an infectious marriage of musical precision and experimental messiness.”

Spin‘s Kenny Herzog gave the album 6 out of 10 stars.

“..the full-length debut from these playful Brooklyn rockers (and Wesleyan alumni) is exactly the sort of record that New York needs: urgent, fun, big, and bright.”

and last but not least, The Washington Post‘s David Malitz gave the album a ‘Favorable’ rating.

“While the quartet definitely isn’t the first to build a sound on jumpy guitars, chirpy vocals and stilted rhythms, there’s a weirdness to the songs that helps give the band its personality.”

I picked Burning Bush Supper Club as this week’s lookback because I feel as if this album is often foreshadowed by their recent release Distraction.  I, personally, prefer Distraction, but I still believe Burning Bush Supper Club deserves more recognition than it has now.

Experimental rock at its finest, Bear Hands ensure to provide the listener with that weird sound they’re known for.

You can stream Burning Bush Supper Club below. You can also check out Bear Hands’ catalog on iTunes and Amazon.

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