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Eureka!

by The Bears

A powerful power pop rock outfit that have been making records for twenty years.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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2. Veneer
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3. On
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4. Troubled Beauty
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5. Normal
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6. We Never Close
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7. Think
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8. Keep Your Own Counsel
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9. Idiot in the Sky
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11. Comin' Round the Mountain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Bear's music is infused with pop sensibilities inspired by the heady and adventurous music that ruled the radio in the late 1960s - when the Beatles, Dylan and Hendrix all happily co-existed in one format called "rock" and the sky was the limit. The core creative mission of the Bears has always been to combine strong, focused songwriting with instrumental chops both huge and effortless.

The Bears were founded in 1985 when Bob Nyswonger, Chris Arduser, and Rob Fetters - members of the Cincinnati group "The Raisins" - joined forces with their famous producer, Adrian Belew, to forge a powerful, guitar-based pop group that etched new boundaries in modern rock music.

Using a broad sonic palette stretching from Pete Townsend-ish power chords to exotic Middle Eastern tonalities and coupled with elegant, world-class vocal harmonies, the band developed a blistering live show and toured relentlessly.

They recorded two studio albums - "The Bears" and "Rise and Shine" - gaining a core cult following that has lasted for decades. They toured internationally and scored a hit with "Fear is Never Boring," a rollicking ode to endorphin release through sado-masochistic fun times on the edge of consciousness, and gained MTV airplay with a follow up, "Aches and Pains."

In 1988 the group split. Adrian moved on to solo success and as a member of King Crimson, recording and touring with mega-stars David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails. Rob, Bob and Chris, friends and bandmates since childhood, played and recorded their stunning power pop trio, "psychodots," and found fortune, if not fame, in session work and commercial music composing.

Behind the scenes circa 1998, the Bears regrouped in sporadic studio sessions at Adrian's Tennessee home, bringing digital audio tapes and files from their personal studios. The sessions culminated with the release of "Car Caught Fire" in 2001. The 13-track album charted top 30 AAA radio, and led the band to tour in 2002. The results: sold out clubs in the U.S., a live DVD and a live album, a track of which was used for ABC-TV promos.

An epiphany for the band was the realization that they could achieve a satisfying degree of Internet success without a traditional label or distribution method. This rekindled their desire to make music together for the "right reasons;" a passion for a cultural medium - the pop song - which each member deeply believes has the potential to change individuals and the world in a positive way.

In 2007, the Bears are at it again with their self-released "Eureka!", an electrifying collection of 11 tunes. Belew's transparent production keeps the integrity of the music intact and showcases the band's ability and wide creative range. It's a fantastic album that is simultaneously challenging and accessible.

Fans are thrilled that the Bears will be touring in support of "Eureka!" Don't miss their new album, and don't miss their live performances!



By Leila Waddell – London, England
February 22, 2007

Edited by
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Old Davy

Impressive
Incredible! Terrific indie release from The Bears, although it ends with a strange, slow version of She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain (yes, that old folk song).

David Ash

They get better with every album!
Eureka! is a continuation of the evolution seen on the Bears' last album, Car Caught Fire, which was made a decade after the band first broke up, and reflected the growth of each member over the gap. Eureka! further showcases the individual talents, styles and songwriting smarts of each member, but it still has the signature group sound recognizable as the Bears. The songs leap out of your speakers like they should be radio hits, they're that accessible, yet behind the catchy surface are challenging, mature lyrics, exotic sounds, and incredible chops. Check out the samples on this page to whet your appetite for the tastiness that awaits, then buy it! Also available via the band's website, www.thebearsmusic.com

Tom Thomas

As always ... "As you are we once were, as music was this shall be."
I went to school wih Rob, Chris and Bob in Sylvania. I remember concerts in the high school gym or in the summer at the tennis courts. I remember Rob allowing me to play along with him, or at least to try to learn from him.

Hearing this music now ... well, it nearly makes me cry. They got it right. With Adrian in the mix it is too amazing for me to even have imagined back in those days.

Back in the Psychdots days, Rob says, "I left my future in Athens, Ohio." Um ... I was there and knew him then. He has always been a hero to me because he has done what he wanted and needed to do. Now, along with Chris, Bob and Adrian, he's overdone it ... he's pushed it over the edge. If you don't buy and try a Bears recording ... any of them including this one, you don't understand lifelong dedication from a group of guys who give, give, give ... expecting nothing in return except your listen.

CHAD GRAYBILL

GET IT GET IT GET IT!
The Bears are so good on this album it hurts! Hurts even more because I haven't seen them OR the Psychodots live yet. My fave's are "Normal", "On", and "Keep Your Own Counsel".

Good albums to get with this are:
Rob Fetter's-Musician
Chris Arduser's-Celebrity Motorcade

Listen to all 3 and wonder where this kind of talent in music has gone and yearn for its grand return in your life. Listen, learn, and get hooked! I AM!