ANBAD’s regular reader(s) will by now have recognised the Drastic Genre-Swinging Plan Of Action that has been put into action in recent weeks.
No, I don’t know why, either, but as long as Japanese Electro-Juke sits nicely alongside rousing booze-folk, I suppose it doesn’t make sense to change tack.
So will today’s band reach for the acoustic guitar and tweed trousers, or a clutch of randomly-generated spazmoid noises sequenced to sound like late-90s 2-Step?
Well, it’s the former, naturally – but dod you honestly expect a band called Straw Bear to be the latter?
And Straw Bear have, in Kitty, produced a song of – get this – actual sublimeness.
No, it’s not hyperbole – when did you last hear a a hook line as melodically perfect as that present in the chorus of Kitty? This is a song of near-perfect pace, delicious construction, delightful lyrics and sweet intent.
In a world where Mumford and Sons steamroller all before them with their one-trick faux-subtlety, Straw Bear deserve – and I use that word carefully – to be big. Surely the world is not such a cruel place to shower Mumford with cash and fame and ignore something as lovely as this? Excellent.
NB: bonus points for name-checking Kevin Shields in Kitty’s lyrics (Only one month left for that new MBV album to appear, Kev!)
Hypothetical question, if this band becomes big, and other bands start citing them as an influence, then does that mean that those bands could be said to be Straw Bear-y flavoured?
*Very long, appreciative round of applause*