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You Will Be Heard!

by Bear Hunter

Indie-rock-psychedelic-orchestral-pop, like Postal Service meets Flaming Lips meets Broken Social Scene meets Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd meets the Cure.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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1. Drumfire Pt I - Syd & Mary
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2. The Lie
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3. Action - Reaction
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4. Seveneight
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5. Drumfire Pt II
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6. My Nemesis The Cheese Grater
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7. The Machine
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8. Caught In A Well
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9. Drumfire Pt III
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10. Basement 98
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11. Sea Of Tranquility
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12. The Miscommunication Age
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13. Strike Up The Band
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Album Notes
Is there a difference between self-confidence and self-delusion? Is it easier to deceive others once you’ve deceived yourself? Has the communication age made it easier to miscommunicate? If you only live once, why not raise your voice and shout out for all your worth? With You Will Be Heard!, Northern California trio Bear Hunter address these questions, and ask only that you own your answers.

Bear Hunter’s debut album You Will Be Heard! does not feature members of The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. Nor was it produced by Jim O’Rourke, with engineering by Steve Albini. No, sorry, none of that. Instead, this album is what happens when you unleash a trio of music geeks in a basement equipped with vintage gear, Pro Tools, a slew of random instruments (vibraphone, accordion, trombone, marimba, bells, whistles, old Casios) and a shelf full of effects pedals. Voila!

Written, recorded and produced by the members of Bear Hunter (guitarist Chris Hunter, drummer Clint Bear and vocalist/instrumentalist Maurice Spencer), You Will Be Heard! chronicles the pitfalls and unexpected challenges of communicating on a real, honest level amidst the Telecom Pandora’s Box of MySpace, AIM, text messaging and piles upon piles of smarmy band one-sheets. Honesty can be compromised in a million different ways. Just take another look at the preceding paragraph of this bio.

Bear Hunter’s music has been lovingly compared to Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, David Bowie’s experimental East Germany years, The Cure’s manic depressive catchiness and Postal Service’s seamless use of live instruments with electronic beats.

Rolling Stone hasn’t yet called You Will Be Heard!
“…truly the breakout release of the year…”
Spin and Blender probably won’t review it, let alone give it “four stars”
We hope Pitchfork Media might say something like “…their efforts have resulted in a refreshing paradigm; one that reminds us why college rock existed, and why we ever needed it in the first place.”

Locally, the Chico News & Review called Bear Hunter’s live show “a fascinating set of songs using effects pedals and climbing vines of interwoven melody to create a gorgeous cacophony…going from Lennon-esque acid trip rock, then unexpectedly taking off with metal riffs and ringing bell tones,” while Chico’s Daily Enterprise-Record said “The soundscape was enthralling, bringing me right in.”

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freaking great album
I love this band... happened to hear them when visiting my sister in chico. They have a great sound and unique style, plus some killer lyrics. Can't say enough about them. Bought a couple extra CDs to give to friends down in Southern California.

Jason Cassidy

...would make dreamy popsters Death Cab for Cutie blush...
What kind of CD does three years of recording, mixing, re-recording and remixing produce? For Chico trio Bear Hunter, the resulting debut—You Will Be Heard!—is something close to a master class in the production of a progressive indie pop/rock album. This is one monster endeavor that brings all of the multi-instrumental/multi-tracking/multi-effect fun that can be had while messing around in a studio, and uses it to decorate and elevate an eclectic collection of pop and rock songs. This reviewer digs the ones that showcase vocal-melody work as much as the production work, because when frontman Maurice Spencer’s pipes are more focused on the finished hooks of tunes like “Action/Reaction” (your new favorite song) or “Basement 98,” Bear Hunter is at its song-making best. “Basement 98” is just beautiful—loping drums, crunchy guitar punches and the kind of lush vocals (with awesome falsetto: “baring your teeeeeeth …”) that would make dreamy popsters Death Cab for Cutie blush. This isn’t your typical local band with a home-burned CD-R. Buy it and brag to your friends about how Chico rules.
- Jason Cassidy, Chico News & Review

Alan Sheckter/The Buzz

what good music's all about
"You Will Be Heard!" - the first release from Chico, Calif.-based Bear Hunter, finds three musical brainiacs making smart post-punk music in a Pro Tools world.
Steeped in Britain's early progressive rock tradition, Bear Hunter offers 13 catchy tracks that connect the dots from early psychedelia to cutting-edge modern rock.
Tracks include the irresistible pop-rocker "Action/Reaction"; "Drumfire," a series of short, haunting instrumentals interspersed throughout the disc that sound like they could've appeared on a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd record; the pleasantly dreamy "Caught in a Well" and epic "Sea of Tranquility"; and "My Nemesis The Cheese Grater," which rivals the finest of today's Brit-pop efforts.
Guitars (Chris Hunter) and drums (Clint Bear) seamlessly complement Maurice Spencer's assorted instrumentation and tastefully haunting vocals with original mixes and melodies that'll bounce around your brain well after your CD player stops spinning. And ain't that what good music's all about?