Bears! Bears! Bears! (not to be confused with the now-defunct post-punk indie band of the same name) are a six piece ska punk band from the tiny state that could, Rhode Island. This EP with the album title that has a lot of bears in it is the bands’ first venture into the sonic recording arts.
I’ll have to give Bears! Bears! Bears! (or B! B! B! for short) credit, this EP is fun and full of energetic ska punk songs. You also have “Adventure Time” & “Courage the Cowardly Dog” quotes, songs named after movie quotes and songs that rude boys and rude girls and punk rockers alike might quote after listening to this EP.
While there are some typical fun and silly ska punk songs, I was impressed with the maturity of the songwriting on songs like “Here’s Looking At You Kid”…an introspective song about reflecting on past mistakes, and “Nothing’s Over ‘Til We Say It’s Over” which is about self-worth and just drifting through life.
One could easily discredit “Bears! Bears! Bears! as just another ska punk band, but if you take the time to actually listen to them they’ll hook you and reel you in. I’m reminded a lot of Catch 22’s “Alone In A Crowd” album where the music is fun, lively and upbeat, but underneath the surface is a dark, gritty lyric sheet that tells a different story. Don’t push this band aside just because they have horns and play ska. If you do, then it’s your loss.
The EP is available from the band’s Bandcamp page at a “name your price” price point.
Bottom Line: Fun and upbeat on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you find a darker tone and some deep, reflective lyrics.
Notable Tracks: Oh My!, Here’s Looking At You, Kid, Nothing’s Over ‘Til We Say It’s Over, Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Stop Sniffing Glue