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Bearstronaut -- Painted in the Dark
by Madi Silvers

One night when living in the dorms, by some stroke of misfortune, I strayed from the usual cast of characters only to find that they, for once, had adventured into the basements of Allston. They detailed, this one Sunday in particular, one of the greatest nights, set to live music. Of course, I was nowhere to be found that evening.

I was mystified. Was it true? What kind of music, in Allston, was being produced, that could capture the hearts of your average, Lady GaGa-worshipping, college girls? The heroes of my musically disinterested friends? Bearstronaut.

From the start, I knew that with a name like Bearstronaut (which, PS, is also a computer game, with its hero: a Bearstronaut), this new-to-my-radar band had to be good. They certainly couldn’t be expected to take themselves too seriously. I was intrigued.

It took a few weeks for me to come face-to-face with the group. Bearstronaut, coincidentally, was the music performance on my first (and hopefully only) appearance on late-night, local television. As I bit my nails feverishly, Bearstronaut, with ease and flare, projected mellifluous, and color enriched sound waves that resonated with the live audience members. It was silent. not a person dare break their gaze. No one wanted to, at least not me. The song responsible for this auditory enigma was "Mondrian," a title track I came to find out, off the group’s debut release, on indie label, Vanya Records.

I was impressed. Bearstronaut had combined the best of The Cure, Brian Ferry and Roxy Music, and New Order into a sound that well, establishes the group, in my opinion, as astronomical heroes of synth pop. Hinting at The Cure, or any of the mentioned groups, is almost taboo: it’s almost impossible to truly do any ofthose icons, the justice they deserve: Bearstronaut excluded. I got it. I got why my uninspired friends were so inspired. I saw the group’s potential for success. I envisioned the conversation I’d have with people when Bearstronaut, one day, is launched into the limelight. I’d brag about their then modest performance.

Newest addition to the Bearstronaut line up, Nate Marsden (bass), describes the group’s expected September sophomore release as their “coming out”. "Painted in the Dark," the latest single, rings true to this statement. Like "Mondrian," "Painted in the Dark" establishes influences from The Cure, to Roxy Music, and New Order. However,  this time around, the band has managed to refine its sound and build something unique to their sole namesake.

Bearstronaut’s band name isn’t the only quirk associated with the group. The band’s first single, off of their yet to be released album, "Birds of Prey," was released via “Brucie" the prison bus, en route to SXSW, last March. As if the circumstances surrounding the track's unveiling wasn’t interesting enough, "Painted in the Dark" managed to make its predecessor look like mere child’s play. Initially written as a 30 second montage in an upcoming indie film, the director (like so many before him) was impressed and enlisted the group to turn the sound clip into a full song for the film's ending credits.

It’s going to be a long few months as I impatiently await the hopeful September release of their full-length. One thing is clear, though, Bearstronaut has the innate quality to captivate listeners within seconds. Be it from the audience of live TV recording, the intro to a film montage, or the basement of a house in Allston. Here’s to synths and alternative-pop music, and of course... Bearstronaut. With that said, hopefully, I’ll see you at the group’s next show, at the Mirror shades at Good Life in Boston, on June 21st.

 


 

 
 

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The Doctors Fox -- Handful of Laughs

The Doctors Fox’s second album Handful of Laughs is an incredibly distinct and varied album. Few of the songs ever follow the same root; Doctor’s Fox throw away semblance of consistency to the wind. This lack of consistency would derail many other bands in the genre. Yet, Doctors Fox succeeds in this regard. Handful of Laughs is filled to the brim with an incredible sense of whimsy. A childish sense of silliness runs through the album, it is virtually inescapable not to smile a little at the clever string section, or the roundabout vocals.

Handful of Laughs never really seeks to set any defining musical roots. Genre swapping is the name of the game for this record, but it’s done well and sincerely. If there was any theme that was able to survive throughout the album, it would be the string section. The strings provide what can only be described as a long, slow, country twang to the album. This is definitely an album to check out for those looking for something that doesn’t stick needlessly to conventions, those looking for a straight rock and roll record, should look elsewhere. --Casey Lowrey





Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: The Basement Beat

Below is the deli's Q&A with last month's poll winners, The Basement Beat. Be sure to head over to The Middle East Upstairs Tuesday, June 19, to catch The Basement Beat with The Sea Over Eli, Launchpad Infinity, and Rayanne Soul. 18+, $10.

deli: How did the band start?

The Basement Beat: We actually only knew each other vaguely beforehand. Originally, we were only going to play one show. We wanted to get a few songs together for our town’s annual music festival and we started practicing together a week before we performed. Somehow, we managed to get three songs together which ended up becoming "Vacation 1," "Wah-Oh!," and "You Say," which are all on the EP. Two of us were friends before and two of us were siblings, but we didn’t go to the same schools.

Click here to read the rest of the deli's Q&A with The Basement Beat.

 

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Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: The Basement Beat
by Chrissy Prisco

 

deli: How did the band start?

The Basement Beat: We actually only knew each other vaguely beforehand. Originally, we were only going to play one show. We wanted to get a few songs together for our town’s annual music festival and we started practicing together a week before we performed. Somehow, we managed to get three songs together which ended up becoming "Vacation 1," "Wah-Oh!," and "You Say," which are all on the EP. Two of us were friends before and two of us were siblings, but we didn’t go to the same schools.

deli: Where did the band name, The Basement Beat, come from?

BB: We practiced in the basement of one of our houses, but we also liked the connection to the basement because we thought that it reflected our sound: a raw, unprocessed, high-energy sound that we kinda slapped together at the last minute.

deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

BB: The Strokes, The Arctic Monkeys, Okay Go, Jack White, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Vampire Weekend.

deli: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

BB: Project Cardboard Unicorn, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Jack Conte, Awolnation, The Silversun Pickups, Arcade Fire, and Tally Hall.

deli: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Gabe (bass): Thrice at The Orpheum in Boston; Yellow Submarine.

Mikey (vocals/guitar): Ozma at the Middle East in Cambridge; The Doors Greatest Hits.

Ariel (drums): Lynyrd Skynyrd with the Doobie Brothers at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA; the first album was Britney Spears.

Andy (lead guitar): The same Lynyrd Skynyrd/Doobie Brothers concert; and a Backstreet Boys album.

deli: What do you love about New Englands music scene?

BB: It’s huge and incredibly diverse. We especially love the Boston music scene because it’s a great college town with lots of students and a youthful, enthusiastic spirit.

deli: What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

BB: Since all of us are under 21, we’d like to see more all ages shows!

deli: What are your plans for the upcoming year?

BB: We want to put out an album, play as many shows as we can, and maybe submit to some music festivals.

deli: Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

BB: Madi Silvers--who writes for the Musicstache music blog--has been incredibly encouraging and was the first one to help get our music to a much greater audience than just our friends.

deli: Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

BB: Andy’s car has really helped us through the hard times.

deli: Why do you read The Deli?

BB: It’s a great place to look if you want to find good local music.

 

 
 

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Audrey Ryan "Sirens" CD Release -- Sat. June 16 @ The Nave Gallery

The CD release for Audrey Ryan's record, Sirens, will be Saturday, June 16 at the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (Nave Gallery) in Somerville.  An intimate night of live music, wine and snacks, Ryan will be playing both solo and with special guest Will Dailey. Sharing the night will be Miracle Parade, the new project of Christopher Pappas (The Everyday Visuals).

Sirens is the 4th full length record from Maine-born, Boston-residing, Audrey Ryan. The album is a collection of lost songs recorded between 2005-2010, released here for the first time. The songs reflect some of her more accessible songwriting attempts, others more lyrical and topical. As usual, she layers songscapes with her multi-instrumental sensibilities making a wave of sound.

Saturday, June 16 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (The Nave)
155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville MA

--Chrissy Prisco

 

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