Eatenbybears
Teeth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (90 Reviews)
July 12th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An entertaining, exploring math rock release with more hits than misses.

I remember being involved in my first band. I sucked – badly – but that momentary sense of endless possibility and that feeling of making something has proved decidedly difficult to replicate. With a little more ability (a lot more, perhaps) and a knowledge of what math rock was, it may have been a good fit for my middling teenage self; its experimental tendencies certainly harbour the right blend of energy and translucent parameters for youthful enthusiasm to build upon. As such, there’s something rather pleasant about the none-too-serious way Eatenbybears go about their business on debut album Teeth. Particularly, gleeful abandon is applied to the lyrical end – want to write an entire song around the sentence ‘smile while you still have teeth?’ Sure! How about a singalong nonsense anthem concerning fictional solar angles? Why not? What about forgoing lyrics altogether, and simply scat ‘la’ sounds instead? Sounds good!

Still, this somewhat belies the Belfast quartet’s very real musical ability. ‘Pythagoraphobia’, an early highlight, blends pizzicato strings and heavily delayed guitars with clever structuring, giving the opener a misleadingly conventional feel through all the meter trickery. Lynchpin tracks ‘Vanderhoof’ and ‘Pre Molar’ both make excellent usage of violin, with polarised approaches; the former’s Celtic flavour imbues the track with an energy later cemented by its lively vocal performance, while the latter forms a rare peaceful moment, as conversational ambience is slowly consumed by a relaxing violin melody, itself complemented by jazzy notes. Indeed, Eatenbybears rarely bog down on one style for too long – like an excitable child they try a bit of everything, the notion of stability far down on their collective radar.

Their carefree attitude does come with certain drawbacks, however. ‘Malkovich’s bizarre combination of bright indie rock, calypso and occasional Beach Boys-like harmonising is certainly different but, frankly, a little irritating, something which closer ‘Spite Houses’ finds itself in grave danger of repeating during its first minute-and-a-half. Perhaps more frustratingly than owt else, the little teaser of math-infused post-punk which we get treated to on ‘Incisor’ is nothing more than that – a 20 second nugget of potential waved under our noses, only to be snatched away from us within moments.

A largely wonderful amalgam of focussed songwriting and fervent pratting around, Eatenbybears’ debut, if nothing else, strikes the balance between fun, attitude and technicality with reasonable aplomb. ‘Pythagoraphobia’, ‘Pre Molar' and ‘Vanderhoof’ are all stellar forays, and while ‘Malkovich’ is a definite swing-and-a-miss, testing unfamiliar ground is all part-and-parcel of being young and curious - ultimately what one takes from Teeth. Ultimately, where the Northern Irish group get it right, they get it very, very right.



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Archelirion
July 12th 2017


5903 Comments


Pythagoraphobia is probably one of the best tracks I've heard recently - love it to bits. Thanks to sincerelyaural for getting me on this, good stuff :]
Comments, suggestions, clarifications and whatnot as always welcomed. Check it out here - https://eatenbybears.bandcamp.com/album/teeth

AsleepInTheBack
July 12th 2017


6057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review and the album sounds fantastic, will try give it a go

clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ey, great review, and I totally agree with your assessment

Archelirion
July 12th 2017


5903 Comments


Thanks guys ^ ^ What's your fave on this, as it happens?

clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably Vanderhoof or Pythagoraphobia

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2017


25033 Comments


great review my man, as always. this looks fun af!

one little awkward phrase tho - "it could maybe have been..." I'd just cut out the could

Archelirion
July 12th 2017


5903 Comments


Thanks man ^ ^ Good pickup, I've reworded it slightly so hopefully it's a little better now. Hope you like this if you check it!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2017


25033 Comments


yeah much better!! and I'll prob check this today if I end up having time

butcherboy
July 12th 2017


9464 Comments


love the first paragraph.. and a great review.. will check this..

verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2017


2424 Comments


LOOoooOOoOvely work aaron, this one is added to the list

Sinternet
July 13th 2017


20882 Comments


Looks good will check

Digging: Andy Stott - It Should Be Us

Archelirion
July 13th 2017


5903 Comments


Thanks very much guys ^ ^

AsleepInTheBack
July 16th 2017


6057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wonderfully fun record this. Easy 3.5 with space to grow

ashcrash9
July 18th 2017


3090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty good, easy light 4

sound seems heavily indebted to BATS though, check them if you've never heard

EDIT: in the album's middle especially. The front and back have more of a summery, ASIWYFA kind of vibe. Either way, clearly influenced by their Irish brethren.

AsleepInTheBack
July 18th 2017


6057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see you enjoyed this ash. Easy 3.5, probs a 4 for me. Will try give BATS a go



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